The New American Tribalism

Craige McMillan, WorldNetDaily, August 26, 2010

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The MacMillan dictionary defines tribalism as a) “a way of thinking or behaving in which people are more loyal to their tribe than to their friends, their country, or any other social group,” and b) “very strong loyalty that someone feels for the group they belong to, usually combined with the feeling of disliking all other groups or being different from them.”

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Perhaps the biggest surprise in this for most Americans has been that the perpetrators of the new American tribalism have been the political left. This “we are the world” crowd who had “moved beyond” nationalism and borders have become the most vehement practitioners of the politics of exclusion and self-imagined superiority. Competing voices on how to solve America’s growing list of critical problems are not only to be ignored–they are to be silenced! {snip}

Owning the nation’s corrupt media is not enough for the new American tribalists–no other views can even be discussed! Loyalty to the tribe, and the nepotism and spoils that come with it, demands total and complete allegiance to the tribal agenda. Speak ill of your own tribe and you will rapidly become an outcast, {snip}.

In dollar terms the corruption, greed, tribal nepotism and lawlessness are unprecedented in American history. Hundreds of billions of dollars are being spent on tracking and surveillance technology to keep American citizens in line and bare every facet of their existence to a government gone mad. All the while, illegal aliens cross our borders at will, terrorize our populace, game our welfare system and claim medical care and citizenship for their offspring. Black-on-white voter intimidation goes unpunished, while the PC-rotted brains of government officials term an Islamist massacre at Fort Hood “workplace violence.”

The tribalism exhibited by the ruling class is beyond comprehension for most of us. But we’d better figure it out, and soon! No less of an authority than the World Bank has blamed tribalism for Africa’s hopelessness:

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