Sam, I don’t disagree at all with you. The negative side of tribalism is a bitch. We all have it. I love sports, but when you get right down to it sports is just a Wonderfull wallowing in tribalism — my teams against your nasty creeps.

It requires a rather enhanced intellect in order to rise above our primitive impulses directed against the “other.” And since in the end the intellect gets washed away by the base ego, we end up with endless wars, racism and the M F Donald.

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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