Recommended by Rich Smith
In her new book, Political Tribes, Yale Law School professor (and proud "Tiger Mom") Amy Chua argues that American nationalism blinds us to the tribal tendencies that drive much of our political behavior. She goes on to critique "identitarians" of all stripes, and encourages us to work toward "a more difficult unity that acknowledges the reality of group differences and fights the deep inequities that divide us." Chua has written convincingly about the perils of our tribe-blindness in the past (check out World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability for more about how it leads us into long, bloody, un-winnable wars), and it'll be interesting to hear how her criticism of identity politics "on the left and on the right" goes over here in sunny Seattle. KUOW's Bill Radke, host of The Record, will help start/put out any fires onstage.
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