Posted: February 3rd, 2011 by Militant Libertarian
or, Why Democracy Doesn’t Work In Most Of The World
Revolution in Islamic countries is not going to result in democracies… whatever the hell THEY are. Washington has been propping up ruthless dictators for decades, and DC doesn’t want freedom, they want obedience. The only way Washington will support a “democratic government” is if DC chooses the candidates. Look what DC has done to undermine the Hamas government elected in Palestine. And will Washington cast aside their favorite thug Hosni Mubarak to support Mohamed El Baradei, the Nobel-Prize-winning former Director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who told the world that Saddam Hussein did not have nuclear weapons nor the ability to build them? Not likely…and certainly not voluntarily.
The Obama Administration appears confused by the events in Egypt, and
powerless to effect change there. No matter what choice DC makes, it
will be wrong. Except for one choice. DC could stop all foreign aid to
Egypt. When donkeys fly…..
This is a reprint of a September 20, 2010 article entitled “Tribes v. Individuals.”
For most of recorded human history, people have organized their lives
into tribes. The most recent forms of tyrannical governance around the
world seek to either subjugate or destroy tribes. But those tyrannies
don’t seem to understand tribes fully, even though tribalism is
sprinkled throughout their lives.
I’m writing this to explain why you should care about tribes, and how your everyday life is affected by tribalism.
For the purpose of this article, I am going to loosely define the word “democracy” as “any form of governance that allows its members to vote on outcomes that affect the members.”
So under this definition, even communist governance qualifies as
democracy. And communist countries have not been any more successful
dealing with tribes as any other democracy.
For the purpose of this article, the word “tribe” is defined as “a
social group comprising numerous families, clans, or generations
together with slaves, dependents, or adopted strangers all having a
common character, occupation, or interest.”
The western democracies have the individual, the rest of the world
has tribes. In democracies, individuals are sovereign. Citizens look for
freedom in individuality. But in tribes, the tribe itself is sovereign.
Tribesmen find freedom in the group…for the group. Tribes are not
democracies, tribes are hierarchies. Tribes have a pecking order, and
every member finds its place in that pecking order.
What characteristics define tribes?
• Warrior pride: Tribesmen are not soldiers, they are warriors.
“Warrior” is their vocation. They fight for personal, family and tribal
• Perpetual warfare: Tribes are in a constant state of war with other
tribes. That is the story of the tribes of the American plains, the
tribes of Africa, the tribes of the Old Testament, and the tribes of the
“Stans”…Afghani-stan, Paki-stan, Uzbeki-stan, Kazakh-stan, Kyrgyz-stan,
• Hostility to all outsiders: stems from the quest to perpetuate the tribe. Outsiders threaten the purity of the tribe.
• The obligation of revenge: Time means nothing to a tribe. To the Arabs, the Crusades happened yesterday.
• Suppression of women: Women are not normally allowed to be warriors,
but stay within their traditional roles as wives and mothers. Tribes are
patriarchic because warriors and tribal leaders are mostly men.
• A code of honor rather than a system of laws. Street gangs are little
tribes, and this is the way they function…just like the Watusi and the
Hutu of Africa.
• Extreme conservatism. Tribes hate change. Tribes revel in the old ways, and constantly protect the old ways from change.
• Unity with the land: Tribes know how to live off the land, not exploit
it. This also means that tribes can subsist in desperate poverty while
they fight the invader over time. No invader can defeat the poverty of
• Patience: They know from centuries of experience that the invader
usually wants immediate benefits, but eventually, they will tire and
leave. This is the perfect soil for revenge, since no one stays on alert
forever, and revenge can be exacted generations later.
• Capacity for hatred, which is distilled from the entire tribal experience.
Tribes around the world operate within these strictures to a greater
or lesser degree. Tribes are the bedrock of human governance…the lowest
common denominator of sorts. When some leader decides to unite the
tribes under his own leadership, he attempts to build a nation. William
Wallace of Scotland tried this, failing in his quest to unite the clans
against England. He couldn’t get them to stop tribal squabbles long
enough to throw off the tyranny of the English king.
And throughout human history, ambitious leaders have tried to defeat
and domesticate tribes…many times to their own peril. Consider the
Afghan tribes killed Cyrus the Great of Persia, they defeated
Alexander the Great in the 4th century, they defeated the British Empire
twice in the 19th century, they defeated the Soviet Union’s Red Army in
the 1980s, and are now in the process of kicking the American
Washington is now trying to subjugate the world’s largest tribe, the
Pashtun of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Pashtun numbers over 40 million
people. DC will not succeed with a couple hundred thousand soldiers on
Why should you care about tribes? How is your world affected by the tribe?
One of the reasons that Islam is so popular in the world’s tribes is
that Islam and tribes have identical values. Islam was created by a
tribal leader. Tribal virtues are Islamic virtues. So Islam and the
tribe have identical values, and give the same psychological payoff to
the adherents. Islam is tribalism writ large. Islam layers on the
expansionist evangelical element to tribalism it never had before. Now
the warrior code mixes with the hostility to everyone outside the tribe,
and now the outsiders are infidels to conquer, subjugate or kill. This
is not to say that all Islamists wish to kill infidels, any more than
all Christians wish to kill unbelievers. But both are evangelical and
both have fringe elements that are hostile to outsiders.
Curiously, Westerners love tribalism in some ways, and fight against it in others.
Westerners teach their armies tribal virtues. The West teaches their
police tribal virtues. Football coaches teach their players tribal
virtues. But then when it comes to interaction with the tribes of the
world, the West seems to forget tribal customs and characteristics
entirely. Washington DC doesn’t seem to even notice tribalism’s
hostility to democracy as it attempts to force democracy upon the tribes
of the Middle East. Consequently, America became embroiled in a war
with Middle Eastern tribes from which it cannot extricate itself without
admitting defeat…an admission that the haughty DC cannot abide. The USA
cannot ever subjugate the Arab and Persian tribes, no matter how much
money they waste, nor how many years they keep troops on the ground. So,
if you have friends or family in the US military, tribalism affects you
because the US military can NEVER defeat the tribes. Your family and
friends are simply the raw flesh fed into a meat grinder. And your
income, stolen from you at the point of a gun, is burned up in an effort
that can never succeed.
Things are the way they are with tribes and we are not going to
change them. There will likely NEVER be a successful, long term
representative democracy in Islamic countries because democracy is about
the individual, and Islam is about the tribe.
So, when some state of the Union secedes, and begins to interact with
the other nations of the world for trade, it should understand what
• Power: tribes understand superior power. If you have it, you gain advantage. But they also understand…
• Other Tribes: they know tribalism, so they know how tribes function.
• A Deal: Look around the world at tribes. They are all shrewd negotiators. They love a good deal. Deals have mutual benefits.
Any new nation, born of secession, should work with tribalism and not
against it. That sensitivity to a culture not its own will stand the
new nation in great stead with tribes, and will build a reputation as a
trustworthy nation. Such a reputation sets it apart from the dastardly
American government in DC.
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© Copyright 2011, Russell D. Longcore. Permission to reprint in whole
or in part is gladly granted, provided full credit is given.