Political Tribes

Political Tribes

Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations

eBook - 2018
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Discusses the failure of America's political elites to recognize how group identities drive politics both at home and abroad, and outlines recommendations for reversing the country's foreign policy failures and overcoming destructive political tribalism at home.
"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. Just as Washington's foreign policy establishment has been blind to the power of tribal politics outside the country, so too have American political elites been oblivious to the group identities that matter most to ordinary Americans--and that are tearing the United States apart. As the stunning rise of Donald Trump laid bare, identity politics have seized both the American left and right in an especially dangerous, racially inflected way. In America today, every group feels threatened: whites and blacks, Latinos and Asians, men and women, liberals and conservatives, and so on. There is a pervasive sense of collective persecution and discrimination. On the left, this has given rise to increasingly radical and exclusionary rhetoric of privilege and cultural appropriation. On the right, it has fueled a disturbing rise in xenophobia and white nationalism. In characteristically persuasive style, Amy Chua argues that America must rediscover a national identity that transcends our political tribes. Enough false slogans of unity, which are just another form of divisiveness. It is time for a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us. "--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780399562860 (electronic bk.)
0399562869 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 327 CHU
Characteristics: 1 online resource (293 pages)


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Mar 09, 2018

Whenever I read or hear Amy Chua, professor at Yale and Tiger Mom character, and her husband, I think on how profoundly stupid they sound!
We are all born equally ignorant, but to remain so, after the age of 30 or 35, denotes one as profoundly stupid - - no other description suffices.
Chua's latest book reinforces her profoundly stupid image, perfectly capturing her habitually oblivious mental state and pure non sequitur writing form!
Having read and heard countless episodes of American workers being replaced wholesale by foreign nationals [or foreign visa replacement workers] and/or their jobs being offshored - - and to read/hear the Ivey League illiterati choose to ignore and willfully remain ignorant of these facts, Chua's pointless drivel and murky meanderings come as no surprise - - simply another futile exercise in tree wastage to drive her ego-fueld inanity!
Recent surveys strongly suggest that as much as 90 percent of the job growth over the past 10 years can be attributed to the // gig economy \\, i.e., Taskrabbit, Uber, Lyft, et cetera, et cetera. [For those still uninformed about Taskrabbit and similar so-called high tech employment; its purpose is to reduce work time down to 15 and 10-minute intervals so as to pay workers and laborers as little money as possible!]
Chua and hubby no doubt are oblivious to such Reality or heartily welcome it!

Mar 04, 2018

I'm sure this has been covered before. However, Amy Chua makes the process of understanding the tribal conflicts around the globe simple to understand. She really does not give us a solution to the problems except by believing in the American dream and communicating with each other. George Carlin best explained the American Dream by stating that one has to be asleep to believe it. In any event..................it was a fun quick read.

OPLJessG Jan 29, 2018

I know Hillary Clinton wrote "What Happened," but Amy Chua explains conflict along tribal identity, inequality, and foreign policy with precision and clarity. She revisits the failures in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and provides thoughtful context for today's rise in American nationalism. Riveting, persuasive, and remarkably readable; I couldn't put this down.


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