Tribalism vs Unity

  

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By:  vic-eldred  •  one month ago  •  104 comments

Tribalism vs Unity
“People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it. If I would not vote against someone on the grounds of 'race' or 'gender' alone, then by the exact same token I would not cast a vote in his or her favor for the identical reason. Yet see how this obvious question makes fairly intelligent people say the most alarmingly stupid things.” ― Christopher Hitchens

Link to Quote: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/324457-people-who-think-with-their-epidermis-or-their-genitalia-or#:~:text=%E2%80%9CPeople%20who%20think%20with%20their%20epidermis%20or%20their,his%20or%20her%20favor%20for%20the%20identical%20reason .


It was the Ancient Romans who first incorporated people of many different races and cultures into citizens who belonged to one culture and one nation. That idea was later adopted by the United States. Today in the post modern world the nation is grappling with the new left's idea of multiculturalism , which threatens to alter American society into one much like those which are defined by race and feature competing groups. In other words: tribalism.

Tribalism has plagued mankind throughout it's history. Tribalism is now synonymous with multiculturalism. The people who believe in multiculturalism (the progressives) believe that bonds and alliegences to ones race or group must supersede alliegences to the nation. When we think of all the ethnic groups that came to America in waves, we recall that they all assimilated into one people united & loyal to the United States of America. Within two generations many couldn't speak their native language, nor even gave it a second thought. The thing that we should all be proud of is that none of those groups vote monolithically. Most of the world still lacks the integrated society that the US created and benefits from. Many other countries have tried and failed but the US got it right.

Today tribalism is at war with American inclusion via citizenship ("Out of many there is one.") Example: American universities. Colleges use race as a condition for admission. English departments are favoring admitting people of the proper skin colors. Harvard University penalized Asian Americans for being too successful. Chicago University recently announced that no English majors need apply to its graduate programs unless they focus on black related studies.
Then there is the dmocratic party:The president claims that election rules to prevent fraud equate to "Jim Crow" without any evidence whatsoever. Stacey Abrams claims that the state of Georgia is trying to make it hard for blacks to vote just as blacks there are voting in record numbers. Part of the reason for the open border policy is to change the demographis of the US. Democrats firmly believe that all they need do is fund a way to give the people they let in have the right to vote (which should only be a right of citizenship) that they will win elections regarless of issues.

Once tribalism takes hold it will be very difficult to correct.

The future of our children and their children is at stake.


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    one month ago

"America represents something universal in the human spirit. I received a letter not long ago from a man who said, 'You can go to Japan to live, but you cannot become Japanese. You can go to France to live and not become a Frenchman. You can go to live in Germany or Turkey, and you won't become a German or a Turk.' But then he added, 'Anybody from any corner of the world can come to America to live and become an American"......Ronald Reagan   ( Campaign rally for Vice President Bush, San Diego, November 7, 1988)


 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one month ago
Once tribalism takes hold it will be very difficult to correct.

pretty funny coming from the party where nearly 2/3's of the membership still think the last election was stolen.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one month ago
where nearly 2/3's of the membership still think the last election was stolen.

Link Please

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    one month ago

Fat chance.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Texan1211 @1.1.2    one month ago

This is where civility fails us.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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1.1.4  Jasper2529  replied to  devangelical @1.1    one month ago
pretty funny coming from the party where nearly 2/3's of the membership still think the last election was stolen.

Where are your certified stats on that "2/3s"? Please offer them.

Pretty funny, considering that Hillary, Joy Reid, Joy Behar, and many others still believe that 2016 was "stolen". Pretty funny that Stacey Abrams still hasn't conceded 2018.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.5  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    one month ago

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Kavika @1.1.5    one month ago

Nope. That does not back up that wild statement.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.7  Kavika   replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.6    one month ago

Yeah it does, whether you think it does or not. 

Here is another one for you.

Nearly a third of Americans — including six-in-10 Republicans — continue to hold the debunked belief that President Joe Biden didn’t win the 2020 presidential election legitimately, according to a new Monmouth University poll released the day before the House Jan. 6 Committee holds its latest public hearing. 

Almost 200 Republicans on the ballot this November do not believe that President Biden legitimately won his office. That claim has been disproven over and over again, and there’s no way to change the 2020 election results. So why should we care? Here, senior elections analyst Nathaniel Rakich explains the profound effect that election deniers in office could have in 2024 and beyond.
Link in comment 1.1.5

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1.8  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @1.1.7    one month ago

trump supporters are as gutless as he is.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    one month ago

There are basically two "races" that were massively misused and oppressed in America -  blacks and reds (American Indians) . Neither of those groups have completely assimilated into traditional American society. Instead of bitching about it you should try and understand why that is so. 

Blacks, and American Indians have been defacto second class citizens for HUNDREDS of years. Dont you think it requires massive social change and change of attitudes to get past that?  We're not there yet, its really that simple. 

The defenders of 'western civilization " invariably end up taking a "white" point of view. That is the past, not the future. If you want a white dominated society get yourself a desert island and start your own civilization. 

Tribalism is now synonymous with multiculturalism.

Really? I thought it was synonymous with MAGA. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago
Dont you think it requires massive social change and change of attitudes to get past that? 

We did that.

You are in for the battle of your life.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    one month ago

Im so scared. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1.1    one month ago

I'm sure you will be

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.3  devangelical  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    one month ago
You are in for the battle of your life.

it's funny you should state that...

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago
Instead of bitching about it you should try and understand why that is so. 

Do you ever think telling people for generations that they are second class citizens who can’t succeed because of white supremacy and incapable of succeeding  without government help from white democrats and their minions within those communities might play a role?  

amazing how “white supremacy” and systematic racism doesn’t prevent so many other ethnic  groups whose identity isn’t being the victim from equaling or exceeding white success. 

 
 
 
zuksam
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2.2.1  zuksam  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2    one month ago
amazing how “white supremacy” and systematic racism doesn’t prevent so many other ethnic  groups whose identity isn’t being the victim from equaling or exceeding white success. 

My Neighbor is a Haitian immigrant who moved here 25 years ago, he has six brothers and five live in America and they all own their own homes. They all pursued education to increase their incomes and are living the American Dream. My Neighbor's Wife is also a Haitian immigrant and she has two brothers and a sister living here, both brothers are home owners and her sister is 19 and in College. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.2    one month ago

Th second class citizenship of blacks far predates whatever you think  the modern Democratic Party has had to say about it. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.2.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  zuksam @2.2.1    one month ago
They all pursued education

It's amazing what happens when that's prioritized. 

 
 
 
CB
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2.2.4  CB   replied to  zuksam @2.2.1    one month ago

Zuksam, your "neighbor's" success has little to nothing to do with political and societal systemic racism which is promoted by a political party or parties. That is, state and national policy-makers and institutions.

Individual successes stories abound despite systemic problems of race not because of its absence in society.

I will grant you persistence to push back against racism where and when it is found and isolated has led to 'major' social improvement, but we shall not shut our eyes or our minds to the forces which are looking to reverse and buck the trend and return to some rejected model of a bygone 'America.'

Yes, it escapes no one's understanding that there are individual black American billionaires, plural and becoming Native American millionaires, but those forces apathetic and aligned against such possibilities and trends can not jump or straddle 'figures' and claim it is because of their genuine efforts to achieve unity for all. Because it would be a blatant lie.

 
 
 
CB
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2.3  CB   replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago

This/these discussions are simple academic theater for MAGA conservatives. It is clear they do not intend to be moved by anything a liberal can say to them. Additionally, t is clear that liberal policies are inclusive of conservatives, and clear conservative policies are exclusive of liberals. Yet, they come here vainly trying to confuse the two sets of policies.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago
There are basically two "races" that were massively misused and oppressed in America -  blacks and reds 

Exactly, Asian Americans got a free pass, 'yellow peril' was just a typo for yellow pearl.  We even sent Japanese-Americans to camp in the 40's. Asian immigrants from the gold rush to the building of our intercontinental railroad, the Chinese Exclusion Act , the 1917 and 1924 Immigration Acts, the Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian refugees all had a breeze with assimilation.  You never see any Asian American discrimination here, they have had it so easy.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.4.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.4    one month ago
Blacks, and American Indians have been defacto second class citizens for HUNDREDS of years.

You forgot that part.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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2.4.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JohnRussell @2.4.1    one month ago
You forgot that part.

170 years of Asian American immigration, your point?

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.4.3  Kavika   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.4    one month ago
We even sent Japanese-Americans to camp in the 40's.

We also sent our own Aleut people to internment camps where 10% died. 

You do know the original intent of ''Indian Reservations'' don't you. Oh, and at the beginning it was illegal to leave the rez punishable by death.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.4.4  Kavika   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @2.4.2    one month ago

We, Native Americans have not been citizens for 100 years. It was in 1924 that we were ''made'' citizens. Of course, it wasn't until the 1970s that all states complied. And they are still trying to suppress our vote. Would you like some links to the latest court decisions, 2022 being the latest.

170 years of Asian American immigration, your point?

We, Native Americans have been here for tens of thousands of years. 

Your point.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.4.5  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2.4.1    one month ago
have been defacto second class citizens for HUNDREDS of years.

There you go John, refusing to recognize people as individuals and simply defining them by their racial identity. 

No one is hundreds of years old. There is no gene that passes down oppression, so the sufferings of one's ancestors aren't inherited. 

My ancestors were starved to death and emigrated on coffin ships. Irish Americans can play the woe is me game with any of them.  That doesn't excuse any mistakes I made.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.4.6  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.5    one month ago

Sean , if the past doesnt matter to people, why do we have national holidays and school children learn about George Washington and Benjamin Franklin? Why do they learn anything about any of the presidents, and Thomas Edison and Henry Ford , and the pioneers of the west? etc. After all, ALL of that is in the past and bears no relationship to anything that matters today. 

I'm Irish American too. All eight of my mothers great grandparents were born in Ireland. So what?  The Irish were not slaves for a couple hundred years based on the color of their skin, and then for an additional hundred years subject to an apartheid like existence as "the other". 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.4.7  Sean Treacy  replied to  JohnRussell @2.4.6    one month ago
the past doesnt matter to people, why do we have national holidays and school children learn about George Washington and Benjamin

Where do you get that from? Of course the past matters. One of the primary reasons we should learn about the past  to learn from mistakes. . 

tc. After all, ALL of that is in the past and bears no relationship to anything that matters today

That might be the biggest strawman of all the strawmen ever made.

Of course the past matters.  

So what?

Exactly. It doesn't matter one bit. Your successes and failures are your own and not inherited from people you may never have even met.  The idea that a thirty year old in America is held back because of what their ancestors may have  suffered is simply preposterous.  It's just a lazy excuse to avoid facing harsh truths. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.4.8  JohnRussell  replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.7    one month ago

There are conservatives, today, who object to schoolchildren being taught that America has been racist. Moms For Liberty, one of the groups who want to whitewash American history.  I saw one of the founders of Moms For Liberty interviewed. She was so ignorant about the 3/5 clause in the Constitution she had come back to a tv interviewer the next day and apologize. Why is she ignorant? It is willful . She also said that the founders put the country on a path to end slavery, therefore THEY SHOULD BE PRAISED, not criticized. Almost none of the "founders" gave up their slaves during their lifetime, but they should be praised? It is ridiculous. 

People in this country dont want to be honest about these things. 

 
 
 
CB
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2.4.9  CB   replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.5    one month ago

I get it Sean. Some whites are traumatized by their predecessors. You want to know what is 'messed up'? It is this: Some whites, mostly conservatives, want to do nothing about the trauma they feel except deny it and stall the healing process.  If you can't handle the past dealings of race relations in our nation, then do what you can to see that it never happens again. Denial is not an option, Sean.  Moreover, the surest sign of conservatives getting the proper message with be when you stop telling us who we can respond to as a people positively.

We don't need that from conservatives who don't really want or like societal change, Sean.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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2.4.10  Sean Treacy  replied to  CB @2.4.9    one month ago
get it Sean.

I don't think you do. 

Denial is not an option, Sean.

good thing that has nothing to do with what I wrote. 

 conservatives who don't really want or like societal change, Sean.

Yes, I'm against American society changing  into a nazi state where blood determines outcomes and people are treated by their racial identities instead of as individuals.  Sad that's what progressives want. 

 
 
 
CB
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2.4.11  CB   replied to  Sean Treacy @2.4.10    one month ago

What's sad is that's full of it. You can be for what ever you wish; but the GOP ain't helping you make your case. What you imply about 'outcomes' would make a heap more sense if your 'ex-' Donald Trump did not 'own' the GOP from top to bottom and twenty-four seven. Follow the (errand) leader y'all. Go!

Tribalism (unification) is what the GOP/conservatives are all about:

GOP lawmakers unifying around McCarthy's 'Commitment to America' agenda

By Julie grace Brufke, Congressional Reporter
September 22, 2022 01:02 PM

Well we have already seen how much McCarthy has wrapped his political . . . whatever tightly around Donald Trump; for crying out loud, his 'home' the capitol was invaded and torn from one end to the other and Trump kissed and made up with him. And don't get us started on Marjorie Taylor Greene and her 'Q' continuum.

Sean, the last thing MAGA is, the least thing, is free: Exception: Anarchy.  And that won't get you to a path to community or longevity.

Why it seems some high number of voters are indicating they want to give the reins of power and influence back over to GOP/Trump is beyond me. Short-term gain (should any occur) is not going to be worth the risk of possibly tanking or setting back democracy principles.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.5  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @2    one month ago

Blacks and Native Americans tend to self segregate. And neither group is being held back by Whites.

 
 
 
CB
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2.5.1  CB   replied to  Greg Jones @2.5    one month ago

Easy for you to say. Tell me are you 'integrating' yourself in the real world? How many friends of a different racially group do you count in your 'circle'?

It is hard to mix with people who won't bother to budge from their standard of what they call acceptable. For instance: How do your conservative friends homogenize with homosexuals? Reaching outside your group much, eh?

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.5.2  Kavika   replied to  Greg Jones @2.5    one month ago

It seems that you really have no idea what you're talking about, Greg.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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3  Sean Treacy    one month ago
”People who think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan are the problem to begin with. One does not banish this specter by invoking it.”

Truer words have never been spoken.  

 
 
 
Diablo Imperius
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4  Diablo Imperius    one month ago

They use these tactics because they are effective in manipulating people and that’s ultimately what this is all about.  When the tactic is exposed for its inherent hypocrisy they just shout out louder and accuse their opposition  of doing precisely what they themselves  have been doing all along thus rallying the troops.  

The ultimate goal of course is control, control over resources, control over behavior, control over thought,  Essentially, things that libertarians mostly detest.  Which explains why they hate libertarians even when they have mostly a liberal ideology. 

Our republic of course attempted to design a system to manage the  excesses that derive from  these elemental characteristics but ultimately it would appear human nature will find a way to defeat themselves.

 
 
 
CB
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5  CB     one month ago
It was the Ancient Romans who first incorporated people of many different races and cultures into citizens who belonged to one culture and one nation. That idea was later adopted by the United States. Today in the post modern world the nation is grappling with the new left's idea of multiculturalism , which threatens to alter American society into one much like those which are defined by race and feature competing groups. In other words: tribalism.

Wow, how paradoxical of you, Vic, to label multiculturalism -tribalism. Besides the compartmentalization from the conservative 'mind' to think it can speak to the values of anybody outside its group 'combines' is hubris, this nation is partially in its political mess because a persistent collection of conservatives won't budge one iota on letting other citizens alone to be what could become an exquisite 'art' of living their best lives.

Here you dare to defame the "left" yet again, while partisanly leaving off the "right" from your commentary/opinion. Obviously, this approach lacks fairness and balance.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.1  Texan1211  replied to  CB @5    one month ago

Is EVERYTHING under the sun the fault of conservatives?

I can't quite tell from your continual bashing of them.

I am sorry but the victim card being played is so old and outdated.

In case you didn't know, Democrats are in total control in DC now, and have been for almost 2 years. When do Democrats and liberals responsibility begin?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  CB @5    one month ago
Here you dare to defame the "left" yet again

Um-hum.

 
 
 
CB
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5.2.1  CB   replied to  Vic Eldred @5.2    one month ago

Do elaborate farther.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5.2.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  CB @5.2.1    one month ago

They defamed themselves. How do you think the nation feels about all this wokeness?

 
 
 
CB
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5.2.3  CB   replied to  Vic Eldred @5.2.2    one month ago

How do you feel about 'wokeness,' Vic?  You brought it up; why ask me if you don't care about it?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.3  Texan1211  replied to  CB @5    one month ago

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Texan1211
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5.4  Texan1211  replied to  CB @5    one month ago
Wow, how paradoxical of you, Vic, to label multiculturalism -tribalism. Besides the compartmentalization from the conservative 'mind' to think it can speak to the values of anybody outside its group 'combines' is hubris, this nation is partially in its political mess because a persistent collection of conservatives won't budge one iota on letting other citizens alone to be what could become an exquisite 'art' of living their best lives. Here you dare to defame the "left" yet again, while partisanly leaving off the "right" from your commentary/opinion. Obviously, this approach lacks fairness and balance.

You managed to partisanly leave out the left and progressives from your post.

 
 
 
CB
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5.4.1  CB   replied to  Texan1211 @5.4    one month ago

I will step aside briefly because exchanges with you never amount to more than banter or tomfoolery; to say: Yes, I am aware that in pointing out the omission on the part of our 'host' that I left out criticism for the Left. For whom, I would wish the sides would drop their 'vicious cycles of looping' and trying to outdo each other in petty and serious detriments and do this: Realize that this country is faltering because citizens are demonizing and mocking each other ceaselessly. It is hard to work for and with people whom you don't respect first as. . . people or as citizens, and not as comparable equals.

So, we can unstick our problems if we want to, when we wish. The question is just how long will we allow ourselves to sink into the muck and mire of those on both sides who seek to abuse 'the Middle.'  Those of us who long to be/are in the middle of politics, that is.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.4.2  Texan1211  replied to  CB @5.4.1    one month ago
Yes, I am aware that in pointing out the omission on the part of our 'host' that I left out criticism for the Left.

Yes, I know, that is what I stated. Seems like a bad habit as usually you are just bashing conservatives.

 
 
 
CB
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6  CB     one month ago

This 'hit piece' is so damn stupid and slated it is hard to know where to begin. Multiculturalism can not be triablism, by definition. However, leave it up to a "projectionist" to try to confuse the issue and offer an alternative reality as 'thoughtful' reflection. This ceaseless so-called, political combat, is so unfortunate and is doing more societal harm than good.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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6.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  CB @6    one month ago

What is the objective of "multiculturalism?"

 
 
 
CB
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6.1.1  CB   replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1    one month ago

You tell us, you thought it needful to post about it!

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Vic Eldred @6.1    one month ago
What is the objective of "multiculturalism?"

Those on the left always talk about "unity" in some Kumbaya fantasy, but in reality, that keeps us separate. 

Used to be, people new to this country tried to assimilate into our society.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6    one month ago
. Multiculturalism can not be triablism, by definition

What are the definitions that you're using for both?

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.1  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2    one month ago

Dictionary definitions of pluralism, and single group participation, or some such things, respectively. What are the definitions you are using for both?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.1    one month ago

Multiculturalism refers to the state of a society or the world in which there exists numerous distinct ethnic and cultural groups seen to be politically relevant.

Tribalism refers to the state of living together in tribes or the beliefs of a tribal society.

Do you use the same?

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.3  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.2    one month ago

Pluralism and single group participation. Same as what you wrote using other words, do you agree?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.3    one month ago

I'm trying to understand your com ment, "Multiculturalism can not be triablism, by definition".,

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.5  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.4    one month ago

Don't digress.

A Definition of Pluralism

Pluralism is the idea that people of different cultures can coexist in society even though they have different political opinions. Pluralists believe that society benefits from various people with different beliefs equally participating in the same society.

Different people will suggest alternative solutions to problems and work together for the common good, even though their ideas oppose each other. 

Pluralism Is an Ancient Political Philosophy

Like many philosophical concepts important to the United States’ Founding Fathers , pluralism has ancient origins. The ancient Greeks argued that people splitting into factions was bad for states. Aristotle argued that citizens must intermarry to avoid splitting into factions. 

Pluralism Is About Sharing Power

Different groups that live in and contribute to the same society need to share power. If one group has all the power, they are not likely to use it justly, plus it is unjust to keep all the power in one group’s hands.

Divergent groups also need to communicate, state their point of view, criticize the other group’s viewpoint, and be willing to negotiate. Sometimes, the rights or freedom of one group can infringe on the human rights or freedom of another. 

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* Quick sourcing.

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.6  CB   replied to  CB @6.2.5    one month ago

Tribalism:

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Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.7  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.5    one month ago

Pluralism?  You were previously commenting on multiculturalism vs tribalism.

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.8  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.7    one month ago

And I am intermingling the two: multiculturalism and pluralism:

Multiculturalism

  • Multiculturalism is the way in which a society deals with cultural diversity, both at the national and at the community level. 
  • Sociologically, multiculturalism assumes that society as a whole benefits from increased diversity through the harmonious coexistence of different cultures.
  • Multiculturalism typically develops according to one of two theories: the “melting pot” theory or the “salad bowl” theory.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.9  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.8    one month ago

You still haven't explained why multiculturalism can not be tribalism, by definition.

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.10  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.8    one month ago
And I am intermingling the two: multiculturalism and pluralism

I don't mean to interrupt the conversation, but I'm curious as to why you would intermingle them when pluralism would only apply to one theory(melting pot) and tribalism could be applied to the other theory(salad bowl)?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.11  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  GregTx @6.2.10    one month ago

There isn't a conversation here to interrupt.

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.12  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.9    one month ago

Then you do it, Drinker. Clearly, you have time and opportunity before you.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.13  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.11    one month ago

I agree. Drinker offers the usual banter and shallow counternarrative that has branded him.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.14  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.10    one month ago

Think of pluralism and multiculturalism as a multifaceted jewel:

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We all come together and blend our differences into a form and fashion which allows individual expression while at the same time realizing that we bring something different. Together we achieve harmony .

Tribalism is not the 'salad bowl' approach as you suggest. Tribalism is single-minded focus on one's own chosen group or grouping and in this context. A focus that seeks to dominate or continue to dominate all other groups through positioning.

BTW, there have been times when Blacks wanted nothing greater than to homogenize with a white majority and were pushed away by law and statutes.  It is easy to see why blacks don't trust 'faithless' conservatives who play up colorblindness as a means to continue controlling the national consciousness.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
6.2.15  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.12    one month ago

I have no idea of what you are trying to say.

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.16  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.14    one month ago
Think of pluralism and multiculturalism as a multifaceted jewel: We all come together and blend our differences into a form and fashion which allows individual expression while at the same time realizing that we bring something different. Together we achieve harmony .

I would assume from this part of your post that you subscribe to the melting pot theory?

Tribalism is not the 'salad bowl' approach as you suggest. Tribalism is single-minded focus on one's own chosen group or grouping and in this context. A focus that seeks to dominate or continue todominateall other groups through positioning.

I disagree. The 'salad bowl' theory is the roots of identity politics which is tribalism.

BTW, there have been times when Blacks wanted nothing greater than to homogenize with a white majority and were pushed away by law and statutes. It is easy to see why blacks don't trust 'faithless' conservatives who play up colorblindness as a means to continue controlling the national consciousness.

BTW, perhaps they shouldn't trust faithless liberals who do the same and no doubt enacted or helped to enact some of those laws and statutes.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.17  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.15    one month ago

Meh.

 
 
 
CB
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6.2.18  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.16    one month ago

We don't have to 'melt' into one society all thinking as 'one.' GregTx. That is we may never make it into a 'soup.' But we can be a salad co-existing and allowing each other to breath and have our being. That is something we are not doing well now. As we, some of us anyway, collide and labor to destroy each other's interests.

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.19  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.18    one month ago
We don't have to 'melt' into one society all thinking as 'one.' But we can be a salad co-existing and allowing each other to breath and have our being.

That's not really what the melting pot theory of multiculturalism is about. Although your salad comparison does come close to describing the 'melting pot'.

That is something we are not doing well now. As we, some of us anyway, collide and labor to destroy each other's interests.

Yes, in many ways due to the tribalism of identity politics. 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.20  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.19    one month ago

What, in your estimation, is the melting pot concept? Also, as I stated, and I tried to be tactful about it, black Americans tried to join our country's standard of "whiteness" culturally-and still do in many ways-but for the longest of times it has been an unsurmountable feat to accomplish. As there are White conservatives who still won't accept blacks living in their conclaves or surrounding or who want to control the 'direction' and focus of black success! Subsequently, black America is success in many ways despite what obstacles are thrown up.

One has to consider just how successful black Americans could be if 'traumatized' whites who hate us would relax their posture and obstruction and seek to get along together with us. "Work smarter (together) and not harder (to divide us).

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.21  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.20    one month ago
What, in your estimation, is the melting pot concept? 

Fairly simple, does someone consider themselves American or is there a hyphen attached. 

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.22  GregTx  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.11    one month ago

I see what you mean. 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.23  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.21    one month ago

Well, how convenient. Tell that to the U.S. Census and White nationalists. Moreover, I am glad you want to rid the nation of our need for 'hyphenated" groups of citizens. But, for now, the hyphens are doing a lot of judicious work in our society. It will be of interest to me to live to see which 'smelts' first: The hyphenated "American" or conservative and liberal as types.

 
 
 
dennissmith
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6.2.24  dennissmith  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.9    one month ago

Not to worry, backtracking and deflection are sure to come. 

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.25  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.23    one month ago

Struck a nerve? Sorry, wasn't my intent. I thought we were having a discussion about multiculturalism and tribalism. 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.26  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.25    one month ago

What gives you that impression?  You wrote:

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6.2.21 GregTx   replied to CB @ 6.2.20   3 hours ago
What, in your estimation, is the melting pot concept? 

Fairly simple, does someone consider themselves American or is there a hyphen attached. 

Forgetful already? You 'called out' hyphenated groups-not me.

 
 
 
GregTx
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6.2.27  GregTx  replied to  CB @6.2.26    one month ago
What gives you that impression?

Your hyperbolic post. I 'called out' no one, just answered your question. 

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.28  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @6.2.23    one month ago
for now, the hyphens are doing a lot of judicious work in our society.

What judicious work do you mean?

It will be of interest to me to live to see which 'smelts' first:

I love me some pan-fried smelts.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.29  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  dennissmith @6.2.24    one month ago

As day becomes night.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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6.2.30  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  GregTx @6.2.25    one month ago

Discussion?  You both have varying ideas of what that means.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
6.2.31  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.7    one month ago
Pluralism?  You were previously commenting on multiculturalism vs tribalism.

Smooth moving the goalposts.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
6.2.32  CB   replied to  GregTx @6.2.27    one month ago

Whatever. Some conservatives are more drama than substance. 'Carry on.' (The stage is yours!)

 
 
 
Sparty On
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6.2.33  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @6.2.28    one month ago

Yah Heikki .... da smelt are runnin in Toivola eh?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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7  Greg Jones    one month ago

Humans, by nature and instinct, are tribal

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1  CB   replied to  Greg Jones @7    one month ago

That is not true. Although yes, humans are born into a tribal setting: that is, a family, extended family, a community of families. That surrounding community will be instinctively diversified in a child up unto s/he is told to stay away from others by word or deed.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @7.1    one month ago
That is not true.

Any evidence for your assertion? 

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.2  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7.1.1    one month ago
Although yes, humans are born into a tribal setting: that is, a family, extended family, a community of families. That surrounding community will be instinctively diversified in a child up unto s/he is told to stay away from others by word or deed.

 

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A national 'Don't Say Gay' law? Republicans introduce bill to restrict LGBTQ-related programs

The bill’s definition of “sexually-oriented material” includes anything that relates to sexual orientation or gender identity. 

Drinker, what say you. . . should little boys and girls be pressured up to 10 years old to be heterosexual by the state? Or, are you open to kids being taught to take pride in diversity expression?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @7.1.2    one month ago

You asserted that humans, by nature and instinct, aren't tribal.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1.4  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @7.1.2    one month ago

Are you trying to change the topic?

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.5  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7.1.3    one month ago
That is not true. Although yes, humans are born into a tribal setting: that is, a family, extended family, a community of families. That surrounding community will be instinctively diversified in a child up unto s/he is told to stay away from others by word or deed.

And I qualified my statement too. In the same comment, no doubt! Do keep up.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.6  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7.1.4    one month ago

I pulled a 'hot topic' straight out of current events where republicans and conservatives won't budge and are staking a claim to silence Americans they don't like or care for their social expression (multiculturalism/pluralism) while holding to a functioning status quo (heterosexual tribalism) and you have to ask if I am changing the subject. Go deeper and don't just skim the surface of discussion, Drinker!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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7.1.7  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @7.1.6    one month ago
I pulled a 'hot topic' straight out of current events where republicans and conservatives won't budge and are staking a claim to silence Americans they don't like or care for

uh-huh

Go deeper and don't just skim the surface of discussion, Drinker!

I prefer clarity before going deeper and you seem to shun that.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
7.1.8  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @7.1.7    one month ago

Meh.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
7.1.9  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @7.1.8    one month ago

Exactly.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
8  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago
And I qualified my statement too. In the same comment, no doubt! Do keep up.

No, you're evasive and don't really want a conversation, not worth any effort.

 
 
 
CB
Professor Principal
8.1  CB   replied to  Drinker of the Wry @8    one month ago

Boo-hoo.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
8.1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @8.1    one month ago

Exactly.

 
 
 
Texan1211
Professor Principal
8.2  Texan1211  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @8    one month ago
No, you're evasive and don't really want a conversation, not worth any effort.

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CB
Professor Principal
9  CB     one month ago
Tribalism vs Unity

This...opinion article's title is  'off.'  It is evident the "projectionist" want us to consent to condemning liberals, while lauding conservatives. But that can't happen, because conservatives are the biggest purveyors of policies which isolate and divide us. Just read this nonsense from the 'opinion' above:

The people who believe in multiculturalism (the progressives) believe that bonds and alliegences (sic) to ones race or group must supersede alliegences (sic) to the nation. When we think of all the ethnic groups that came to America in waves, we recall that they all assimilated into one people united & loyal to the United States of America.

So progressives who are seeking a population which moves away from our national 'disgace' of past and present apologies for our. . . "formulative years" into a diverse future that recognizes all people of goodwill have value and positioning in society are not "American" enough? The word, conservative, by definition, pits itself against progress and diversification of the power and influence structure of this society. This is the first time in our national existence that diversity in population has amassed numbers to 'speak up' for itself collectively.  And some can't stand it, and want to go 'back' into the national 'womb' and start over.

The assimilation spoken of in the above quote was for a privileged 'few' who determined for themselves what a 'whiteness' standard would be and then executed it by keeping those who did not or could not measure up out of it.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
9.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  CB @9    one month ago
So progressives who are seeking a population which moves away from our national 'disgace' of past and present apologies for our. . . "formulative years" into a diverse future that recognizes all people of goodwill have value and positioning in society are not "American" enough?

Is that really a question of yours?

The word, conservative, by definition, pits itself against progress and diversification of the power and influence structure of this society. This is the first time in our national existence that diversity in population has amassed numbers to 'speak up' for itself collectively.  And some can't stand it, and want to go 'back' into the national 'womb' and start over.

National womb?

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
9.2  Sparty On  replied to  CB @9    one month ago

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