Wednesday, August 01, 2018

[gzzhbeha] Tribalism as norm

A pessimistic outlook on human history: we always revert to tribalism as the norm, unless some unusual and ephemeral circumstances (e.g., sudden access to a large quantity of natural resources) allow us to temporarily "get our shit together" on a larger scale than tribes.  The large nations we currently see are an aberration.

Maybe not tribes of population up to 100 but slightly larger city-states?

Counterarguments: technology has increased speed and lowered costs of transportation and communication.  Nuclear weapons have increased the cost of political reorganization.

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