I personally don’t have a problem with authority except, as others have mentioned, when it is wielded inappropriately. I have known two people who clearly had problems with authority in any form.
The first was an friend, whose knee-jerk response to being told he couldn’t do something was to immediately find a way to it. Not because it saved him time, money or effort, but simply because someone else told him he couldn’t. Can’t take a shortcut behind the trailers and into the carnival? Watch me! I have to stand in line to get a driver’s license and you won’t let me cut to the front? Fine, I’ll drive without one. File income taxes? No, sir, not me, I don’t want to and you can’t make me. He could never figure out why his life was such a mess.
The second was a cousin of mine. No matter were he worked – big corporation, little company, Mom-and-Pop store – he was convinced that he knew a better way to run the place. Within a short time of beginning a new job, he’d start trying to challenge the managment and its policies. When management was not receptive, usually because my cousin’s ideas were short-sighted and uninformed, he became angry and would agitate the other employees with his complaints. Amazingly, when it came time to lay someone off, my cousin’s name was always at the top of the list. Can’t count all the jobs he got and lost over the last several years.
Having an on-going problem with authority sounds, to me, a lot like having stopped your emotional development at three years of age.