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The article itself doesn't propose or illuminate some rigorous definition of "tribalism" for us. It uses the term in a very generalized way, or anyway that's how I'm using it - as the alternative to rationalism.

The relevance of the Boot quote, and the thing that both Boot and I find strange about it is that it seems to suggest that Obama views his personal experience of overcoming impediments to his rise to prominence and power as somehow obviously relevant to the point of view of Bibi Netanyahu in regard to Israel. It struck me as a non sequitur when I read it, and the notion that the two types of experiences of "danger," if that's the idea, seems bizarrely strained to me. "Growing up black in America" roughly equals "being Israel" - because both are dangerous, and because, at least in Obama's case and Israel's, in both cases it's not impossible to triumph and prosper anyway?

Further on Obama's peculiar ME blindspot from Max Boot:

In some ways, the most amazing part of Goldberg’s article is his account of how Obama, who had essentially no exposure to the Middle East before becoming president in 2009, had the temerity to lecture Netanyahu, who has lived in the region his entire life. After Netayanhu tried to explain Israeli thinking to Obama, the president curtly cut him off: “Bibi, you have to understand something,” he said. “I’m the African American son of a single mother, and I live here, in this house. I live in the White House. I managed to get elected president of the United States. You think I don’t understand what you’re talking about, but I do.”

It is harder to find a better encapsulation of Obama’s overweening arrogance: He thinks that his life story, which has nothing to do with the Middle East, gives him a greater understanding of the subject than the prime minister of Israel possesses.

The overarching "Declarationist" ideology - "all men... created equal... with certain inalienable rights" - is anti-tribal, but is precisely as inadequate to questions of sovereignty or practical governance as reason is for the derivation of sentiment: replication of the liberal(libertarian) praxis problem. The abstract solution - tribe of anti-tribalists - seems to work as ideal up to a point, but is vulnerable to exposure at all times as objectively merely the cover story for white or European colonialism or imperialism, even when inspired by communist revolutionaries and implemented by non-Europeans.