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|Tribal Authorities: Handing It Off to the Leader|
|Written by Chris Floyd|
|Monday, 09 February 2009 16:56|
Arthur Silber has just posted another installment of his important series on "Tribalism." In these vital essays, Silber is examining some of the underlying causes – and most dangerous expressions – of the unthinking, reflexive and delusional loyalties that bind us in fearful obedience to the groupthink of the various tribes with which we identify ourselves: national, religious, ideological, political, ethnic, sexual, social and so on. The essays draw on detailed examples to illuminate general principles – principles which are themselves nuanced, dynamic and observational, not dogmatic. They will richly repay a full reading.
Apparently, no right-thinking person (or right-feeling person, we should probably say) could possibly be troubled by, say, Obama's retention of the leadership of Bush's malevolent war machine; nor should any good person question the Leader's "investigation into official standards regarding methods of interrogation." We should eschew all "trumped-up criticism," and put everything in Obama's hands, because he's "much smarter" than we are.
"What a relief," said my friend Mark after the election of Barack Obama in November – but not for the reason you'd think, exactly. "Finally, I can stop arguing in my head with all these conservatives, trying to sway faith with reason, you know?" ... Mark says he's now been able to stop because, "Obama's much smarter than I am. I've handed it off to him. Besides, we won."
The "forces of truth" are with one's tribe, and its designated leader, you see. Everyone outside that magic circle is outside the truth itself, is cast into outer darkness. Go read Silber for much more on the ramifications of this pernicious -- and universal -- dynamic. blog comments powered by Disqus