By Roger Cohen, Dec. 2 2016 (LINK to article)
"one of those periodic reminders that the raging beast in humankind always lurks."
It's interesting how "progressives" like Roger only see this "raging beast" on the "far right" or the "far left", but not in their own enlightened and progressives selves, allowing them to indulge their sense of moral superiority.
I don't doubt that most "progressives", including Roger, mean well, but in demonising and suppressing the "raging beast" of human tribalism, instead of seeking to understand and harness it, they are paving the way for the very horrors they fear and desperately want to avoid.
We must learn to live with our tribalism, which I'm sure we can, but only by developing an understanding of it, not as a "raging beast" to be forcefully constrained and suppressed, but as a product of human evolutionary development.
In overreaction to the Nazis having hijacked and abused, for their own evil purposes, the half-baked ideas of social Darwinism, a previous generation of academics made a taboo of applying Darwinian logic to their own species, but this is exactly what we need to do, if we are to develop a realistic understanding of ourselves and the societies we have created (see BLOG).