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Tribalism

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Tribal Leadership: Culture Governs Your Brand

Janet Odgis | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Janet Odgis

It's no secret that the majority of employees are disengaged from their jobs, which presents a problem for managers and executives who want to effectively execute on their strategies. At the root of that disengagement is an absence of corporate culture.

And You Thought All Kenyans Were Alike: Misconceptions Kenyans Have of One Another.

Washington Osiro | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

As evidenced by this partial listing of misconceptions Kenyans have of one another, the country is a diverse and rich collection of people who know they are as different as foreigners think they are homogenous!

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

Hello, Congress!

Peter Samuelson | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Peter Samuelson

You need to do much better than knee-jerk decision making based on those sitting next to you. The two party system has been palatable and constructive only when its members retained the power of individual human thought. Where did this go wrong, and are you responsible?

Our Next Step Should Be Together

David Vognar | Posted 02.14.2015 | Good News
David Vognar

Now that the country has collectively pieced together more of what happened under the Bush administration in the past few weeks, it is imperative that we work on addressing a much-neglected form of bias that is responsible for many political and social ills: tribalism.

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

The World Isn't Flat, It's Hollow

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

For some, nationalism can feel like all they have. Others turn to a gang, revenge, or a twisted form of Islam. None of this, of course, remotely excuses invasions, gang violence, massacres or terrorism. But it may be a warning that we can't just flatten the world. We also have to find ways to fill it up.

The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The same pattern can be seen even in America -- especially in American politics.

Overcoming Tribalism

Michael Jinkins | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Michael Jinkins

The concept, indeed, of friendship, in the sense of "people we like" and with whom we "share interests," is foreign.

Is Tribalism Inevitable?

Rosabeth Moss Kanter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Human nature allows us to think our way out of blindspots. Tribalism is muted by other human creations, such as diverse communities with complex structures and more universalistic values. We call that civilization.

Walls and Bridges

Steven and Michael Meloan | Posted 08.06.2013 | World
Steven and Michael Meloan

In a globally interconnected world, what better vehicle for redefining tribal associations than a worldwide communications network?

The War on Terror -- Through a Tribal Prism

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Akbar Ahmed

The tribal roots of terrorism are a reality which has been overlooked by many since the declaration of the war on terror over a decade ago.

Kenyans need to make peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.02.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Peter Kimeu Before the 2007 Kenyan elections we joked about politics amongst colleagues and neighbors in this most famous of East African nations....

Why I Won't Watch The Super Bowl

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 04.05.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

There is value in using the Super Bowl as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends. But as a society we should be mindful of the cult-like traits of groupthink, tribalism and consumerism.

Voting Against the Tribe: The Year of the Sophisticated White, Conservative, Churchgoing Voter

Mark Joseph | Posted 11.05.2012 | Politics
Mark Joseph

White conservative churchgoers, the story goes, have become unsophisticated robots who pull the lever for whatever Republican happens to be running at the time.

We're All in This Together

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

As it happened, Sandy turned out to be every bit the horrific storm it had been anticipated in the worst case scenario. Among the hardest hit was New...

Fear of Climate Change May Finally Be Trumping Ideological Denial

David Ropeik | Posted 09.10.2012 | Green
David Ropeik

The brain relies on several instincts to help us survive, and sometimes they conflict. One fear can literally contradict another. That's the case with climate change. The bad news is that at this point, the wrong ones are winning. The good news is, things may be changing.

Is Multiculturalism a Failed Experiment?

Garth Sundem | Posted 08.04.2012 | Science
Garth Sundem

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently announced that the country's attempts to encourage multicultural harmony, with races living side-by-side, have "utterly failed." A recent article in the journal Science refutes this claim.

Tribalism: Making a Risky World Even More Dangerous

David Ropeik | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
David Ropeik

Tribalism is pervasive, and it controls a lot of our behavior, readily overriding reason. Think of the inhuman things we do in the name of tribal unity.

Three Killings: California, Florida, France

John Feffer | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
John Feffer

When our notion of the common good, of commonwealth, begins to disintegrate, all that is left are tribes defending their turf, standing their ground, enclosing their land.

From Tribalism To World Citizenship

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

There is only one way to lower the danger of nuclear terrorism and conflicts like that between Iran and Israel: the next generation needs to be educated within an ethics of global cooperation from earliest childhood onward.

Defying Our Maker: What The New Atheists Miss

Ted Cadsby | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Ted Cadsby

Of all the arguments employed to challenge the usefulness of religion, one is largely overlooked: the way religion feeds our tribal instinct.

Can Ethnic Pride Translate into Hatred?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 11.01.2011 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Does being an activist for your own race mean discriminating against others?

Divide and Conquer

Jay Tavare | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Jay Tavare

As 2012 approaches and our global village gets smaller and more crowded, we must remind ourselves that underneath the stars we are all one race, one people.