Democracy is, indeed, an anomaly. Our minds are tribally hardwired. Sports is a good example of a relatively benign example of the tribal impulse. Good teams form tight tribal bonds and often develop a fanatical following. Both they and their fans exhibit an intense dislike for opposing teams. It is power politics turned into a game.

To function effectively democracies are compelled to foster cooperation with internal opponents — very difficult as you can see in America today. This is why democracies so easily decay into dictatorships or split apart in revolutions.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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