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Tribalism

The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

Robert Reich | Posted 03.26.2014 | 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.

Do You Have Competitive Fellow-Mom 'Friends'?

Toni Nagy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

For the average western mom that doesn't live in a hippie haven, "mommy groups" are where mommies get together. I decided to try one these groups and found myself wanting to rebel.

Libya's Future After the No-Fly Zone? It's Complicated.

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Benjamin R. Barber

For Libyans who have risked their lives in the name of democracy, the fates have engineered a beneficent reversal as radical as any in history. It's unclear, however, what the ultimate outcome of the allies' intervention will be for democracy.

Is Tribalism on the Increase?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

When I was a college student, I worked at the student newspaper. I was a longhaired, hard-drinking journalist -- a Woodward and/or Bernstein in traini...

The Beauty (and Charity) of Travel Coincidence

Marie Elena Martinez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marie Elena Martinez

I was spending a rainy week in Santa Monica when I decided to take a yoga class one afternoon. I sat down with Ally Hamilton to talk about the Zen lifestyle of Santa Monica.

Afghanistan Corrupted by U.S. and 30 Years of Foreign Meddling

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

General David Petraeus, in a rare public show of indecorum, last week suggested that corruption has been a part of Afghan culture since the country ca...

"Democratic Discourse": Reflections in the Pakistani Mirror

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Sons of the Mau Mau

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

Kenya must tackle the roots of its election chaos. These include poverty, tribalism, and the failure of the country to live up to the vision of its first president, Jomo Kenyatta.

Oxytocin Helps Us Move From Tribe to Community

Susan Kuchinskas | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kuchinskas

Herein lies the key to becoming a more trusting, more unified society: Practice. We will need to exercise our brains to approach each other with openness to connection.