The official motto of the United States is “E pluribus unum” which is Latin for “Out of many, one.” Our Founding Fathers understood that we needed unity to survive. Or as Ben Franklin famously said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” That’s why we are the United States.
By nature, humans are tribal. Tribalism is the easiest way to organize people and mobilize them politically.
Until very recently, America was a multi-ethnic society with a dominant culture. That culture is breaking apart as we become more tribal, and we begin to think of ourselves in terms of tribal loyalties, as reinforced by political elites.
Multiculturalism is the great myth of our time. The cliché is, “Our strength is our diversity.” But is it? Military officers sent to Vietnam learned that the enemy’s strength was a homogeneous culture, language, and identity.
There is no real multicultural society on the planet that has not tumbled into barbarism or devolution. Whether Lebanon, which institutionalized multiculturalism in its constitution and exploded into ethnic warfare, or Rwanda, where tribalism descended into barbarism, multiculturalism does not work.
Switzerland is not a multicultural society. It has different language groups with one strong, unshakeable identity. The Swiss know who they are. Something we seem to be forgetting.
Ask the white farmers who are being hunted in South Africa like animals, with the eager justification of some black political elites, if Nelson Mandela’s vision of the rainbow society is working.
No man or woman wants to be a stranger in their own land, told their culture is illegitimate, or the aspirations of their children must be sidelined because of historic injustices of which they had no part, save that someone with similar skin color was advantaged by them.
We are told it is the essence of bigotry to see the disproportions of black crime and not look beyond race to social and economic factors, but when it comes to the evils of enslavement, all whites are guilty, even those whose ancestors never owned slaves or had not stepped foot in America until slavery was long gone.
The mobilization of tribal instincts is the means for elites — especially the identity-obsessed left — to advance their quest for political power. But in politics, as in physics, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s Third Law embraces the political world.
Do not expect whites to sit by idly and be told their culture is illegitimate, and they are responsible for all the evils in the world. Expect that they too will be mobilized on the basis of identity.
In the end, if we devolve into a multicultural society, we will have the same political instability as other multicultural societies. The mobilization of people by identity will create a society that is inherently not viable. It is what the left’s myopic obsession with phony multiculturalism and identity politics will bring.
The Spanish and British built huge empires by playing tribal groups against each other. But those empires eventually fell victim to nationalism. But go visit the nations that were formerly colonized by using tribalism and you’ll see that tribalism continues to run amok in many of them.
For over 70 years there was a nation called “Yugoslavia.” But good luck finding it on a map unless the map was made before 1992. The nation of Yugoslavia dissolved because the people that lived there didn’t see themselves as Yugoslavs, they saw themselves as Serbians and Croats and Slovenes. When the nation of Yugoslavia dissolved the people of that nation began killing each other wholesale and engaging in “ethnic cleansing” to eliminate other tribal groups within the areas their tribes controlled.
America used to be called a “melting pot” because immigrants were assimilated into our culture. The melting pot was “E pluribus unum” in action. Multiculturalism is the opposite of the melting pot. It is the idea that immigrants should not assimilate but should maintain a separate identity and culture.
The Democrats have been using identity politics to win elections. Identity politics is tribalism on steroids. It is multiculturalism in practice, as each identity group vies to maximize their share of resources and benefits. By its very nature, identity politics is divisive. That’s great if your goal is to divide and conquer.
If our nation ever falls it won’t be because our enemies were too strong, it will be because we allowed multiculturalism to make us weak.