Orchestrating Chaos To No Advantage

Have you noticed how intersectionality creates specific tribes. Some tribes have more than one facet. I suppose there will come a time when there will be a collection of single member tribes.

Our history involves tribes. Tribes are instinctively confrontational. Even in Bridge, the scorecard is We -vs- They. If you want to promote conflict, then creating tribes is a smart move.

Tribalism fails over time

As a society over a long time, we replaced tribalism with co-operation. Why? Because as societies become more complex, small tribes cannot compete successfully. Today, division seems to be the idea. That is not so new either. Replacing cooperation seems foolish on its face. We should be more circumspect,  As Chesterton has suggested, “Do not remove a fence until you know why it was put up in the first place.” Co-operation is fast moving into the rearview mirror. When was the last time a government proposed some action that everyone could agree with. When there isn’t, it’s all just politics and politics are not about governing effectively.

Has anyone given you a reason a) why cooperation is worth tearing down and b) what will replace it?

Currently, there is none proposed or even in sight. There will be a costly reckoning to unwind the many tribes being created today. The true sadness will be doing it with far fewer resources to do so than we have available today. With the growth in debt there is less flexibility. With division there is less cooperation and less innovation.

Destruction is always easier and quicker than building.

Tribalism is not new.

At one time, tribes were the only clear distinction in society. Eventually national identity came forward, but much of the conflict remained. Nationalism is not only a large tribe, but a very effective one if there are few sub-tribes. Belonging to a large tribe offers another value. The successful ones, and there are not so many of those any more, permit individual expression. Even encourage it. That’s where innovation comes from.

Nearly a hundred years ago, the first iteration of progressivism, Rudyard Kipling pointed out the risk in the idea of tribal association. “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself

Today offers no shortage of examples where individuals are being subsumed into tribes. Mandates and social pressure is the norm. People seem to ignore that compelled consent is not consent at all. There is no individuality in the resulting collection of mini-tribes.

It looks like it consent, but the underlying thesis is “We are not forcing you to do anything, we’re just going to take away things you want until you do what we want.”

Don’t you think liberty and cooperation is a more viable solution.

Where does that lead?

The current political approach is not unfamiliar.

“The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” H.L. Mencken

What’s their tool?

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H.L. Mencken

When you use fear to motivate people, it eventually fails. “The privilege of owning yourself” is a high goal for many, if not most people. What comes after they withdraw their fear? Surprising to find, it is not acceptance. It is anger. Anger and disrespect for the purveyors of the fear.

Should you trust politicians and their Machiavellis behind the curtain?

Fear can be a problem. Fear is an emotion that automatically avoids conflict. Anger is not so constrained. What will be the governmental response to anger? If you cannot describe that, you cannot project the future very well.

The takeaway

Anger will eventually displace fear and no one knows what will happen then. No one!

You will eventually come to be part of those who value individualism cooperating with others or all of culture and society as we know it will disappear.

Challenge the fear promoters. They offer nothing and accept no personal risk with their actions

Look for objective reality and things that work. Be smarter.


I help people have more retirement income and larger, more liquid estates.

Call in Canada 705-927-4770, or email don@moneyfyi.com

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