How do we get prestige ?
Maybe your next book book: Prestige and How To Get It.
A series of case studies.
Prestige and Power are interlinked.
The two are inseparable. Without the former, you cannot have the latter and, with the latter, you can enhance the former.
The answer is beguilingly simple ... we develop "counter-prestige" ... except that prestige is the tool to govern the non-thinking masses ... the types that automatically obey, or give respect to, a man in uniform, solely because he wears a uniform. I think that's how Hitler did it ... all those uniforms, parades, his rank structure ... his own moustache ... all to project prestige.
There are, of course, other prestige models ... the trappings of royalty confer prestige ... the honours system, etc. In academia, titles, awards, the whole junk ... they are all part of the package.
Now, herein lies the paradox ... you have to use these tools to prevail against the enemy ... but in using them you become like your enemy ... you win, but your cause loses ... and so the cycle starts over. There has to be a better way.