The same old issues of basic human nature have played out yet again as they always seem to do. Will we ever learn?
The people – the tribe – of Britain voted to leave the EU because it felt that its culture, its autonomy, its very identity (i.e., its sacred values) were being stripped by overbearing government; in this case globalization, but that’s just the football in the game of tribal identity and autonomy.
It happens every time. Throughout all of human history, no matter the means, structure, highfalutin language, or best of good-hearted intentions, whenever a tribe feels oppressed, marginalized, forcibly homogenized – whenever it feels that its identity and thereby its existence are in jeopardy – it pushes back.
Which is to say, whenever we try to legislate against human nature, human nature eventually, inevitably stands “athwart history yelling Stop”!
Brotherhood of man schemes that seek to unify or homogenize humanity into one big happy tribe reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Imagine” are the social, anthropological, intellectual, equivalent of legislating away the ocean’s tides. They’re the political version of the old TV commercials with the tag line “It’s not nice to fool mother nature,” and yield similar results.
Pushback, whether Brexit, true revolution like in 1789 France, or “a revolution not made but prevented” like in 1776 America is practically guaranteed whenever a tribe feels a threat to its identity/existence/sacred values.
It’s not nice to fool human nature.
Will we ever, EVER, EVER learn?
I’d say that this was the Liberty foundation rising up to resist oppression.
But it feels like more than just that. It feels like the defense of tribal identity and autonomy.
Could tribalism, or tribal identity, or groupishness, or groupthink, itself, be a moral foundation?