Political tribes: group instinct and the fate of nations
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Humans are tribal. We need to belong to groups. In many parts of the world, the group identities that matter most the ones that people will kill and die for are ethnic, religious, sectarian, or clan-based. But because America tends to see the world in terms of nation-states engaged in great ideological battles Capitalism vs. Communism, Democracy vs. Authoritarianism, the "Free World" vs. the "Axis of Evil" we are often spectacularly blind to the power of tribal politics. Time and again this blindness has undermined American foreign policy. In the Vietnam War, viewing the conflict through Cold War blinders, we never saw that most of Vietnam's "capitalists" were members of the hated Chinese minority. Every pro-free-market move we made helped turn the Vietnamese people against us. In Iraq, we were stunningly dismissive of the hatred between that country's Sunnis and Shias. If we want to get our foreign policy right so as to not be perpetually caught off guard and fighting unwinnable wars, the United States has to come to grips with political tribalism abroad.
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|Grouping Title||political tribes group instinct and the fate of nations|
|Grouping Author||amy chua|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2023-02-01 03:40:38AM|
|Last Indexed||2023-02-01 04:07:41AM|
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