Why Cohesive Groups Out Compete Individualist Free Riders in Conflict as Per Charles Darwin

In an on line argument with a gun nut I posted:

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) nailed it well I think when he said: “When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being equal) the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic, and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other… The advantage, which disciplined soldiers have over undisciplined hordes, follows chiefly from the confidence which each man feels in his comrades…Selfish and contentious people will not cohere, and without coherence nothing can be effected. A tribe rich in the above qualities would spread and be victorious over other tribes.” That to me sums up what is great about America, about the UK and other countries I admire, and what is profoundly mistaken about extreme individualist anarchists masquerading as proponents of some spurious “liberty”.

Semper Fi…

It also happens to describe what a well regulated militia is as conceived in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ A bunch of gun nuts are no more capable of defending the US from external attack or internal oppression than  a sociopath like Ayn Rand was.

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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