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This explains a couple of other things, by the way:

  • Most ETers aren't members of any very well established tribe in the same way: rootless cosmopolitans (as Migeru calls us) doesn't really do the job! This explains our inability to easily understand these people.

  • They believe everyone else thinks the way they do. The Indians can't be trying to get rich because they'd like to be: they want to dominate the world. The Chinese likewise. I personally believe that both the Indias and Chinese will have enough to do for the next hundreds years or so just managing the transitions in their own countries.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:43:19 AM EST
It also means that you don't need a conspiracy to produce the crap that is rained upon us: join the tribe, accept the myths and you'll be very careful to believe the right things in order to maintain membership.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 06:52:07 AM EST
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be very careful to believe the right things in order to maintain membership

That's a good way of describing the behaviour of the pundits and hacks who scribble or mouth the crap that rains down on us.

They don't get told what to do. It isn't necessary. They know what to do.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 12:32:29 PM EST
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Easy enough for you to say that there is not other universalist national mythology around, but it's not quiiiiite true.

You're just part of the Anglo-Saxon plot to undermine the French - just a bit more devious!

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 08:35:55 AM EST
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I was going to observe that you are also tribal, French and Proud of it.

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 08:40:33 AM EST
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Note the "Most" qualifying my statement. Anyway, since when did the French need undermining: I thought they were quite capable of sidelining themselves anyway.

More seriously, there's a distinct difference between defending groups of which you are to some degree a part against clearly unjust criticism and becoming a signed up adherent and propagandist. You can see some of the supposed tribal priests aren't entirely easy members on some things: Martin Wolf for instance.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 09:07:49 AM EST
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