Quote of the Day: The Origins of Modern Tribalism
“What are the nature and the causes of modern tribalism? Philosophically, tribalism is the product of irrationalism and collectivism. It is a logical consequence of modern philosophy. If men accept the notion that reason is not valid, what is to guide them and how are they to live?
Obviously, they will seek to join some group — any group — which claims the ability to lead them and to provide some sort of knowledge acquired by some sort of unspecified means. If men accept the notion that the individual is helpless, intellectually and morally, that he has no mind and no rights, that he is nothing, but the group is all, and his only moral significance lies in selfless service to the group — they will be pulled obediently to join a group. But which group? Well, if you believe that you have no mind and no moral value, you cannot have the confidence to make choices — so the only thing for you to do is to join an unchosen group, the group into which you were born, the group to which you were predestined to belong by the sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient power of your body chemistry.
This, of course, is racism. But if your group is small enough, it will not be called ‘racism’: it will be called ‘ethnicity.’” — Ayn Rand, “Global Balkanization,” The Voice of Reason.
- “Concepts”; “The Anti-Conceptual Mentality”; “Tribalism” in The Ayn Rand Lexicon
- “Racism” by Ayn Rand
- “The Anti-Intellectuality of Donald Trump: Why Ayn Rand Would Have Despised a President Trump” by Onkar Ghate