March 9, 2008


Tribalism here, and there (Roger Cohen, March 9, 2008, IHT)

Barack Obama is an American delivered by birth from the fissures of his father's land. But it is through the charged tribal prism that Kenyans view the U.S. presidential race after a spasm of post-electoral ethnic killing and cleansing that left more than 1,000 dead and a half-million people uprooted.

Because Obama's paternal family is Luo, the Luos love him without reserve. By contrast, Kikuyus, the largest tribe, are cool to him. [...]

But we're beyond tribalism, right?

Wrong. The main forces in the world today are the modernizing, barrier-breaking sweep of globalization and the tribal reaction to it, which lies in the assertion of religious, national, linguistic, racial or ethnic identity against the unifying technological tide.

Which explains why the tribal party is so opposed to globalization and Judeo-Christianity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 9, 2008 8:19 AM
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