Loyalty, Provincialism, and the herd instinct

The first section of chapter six deals with Loyalty , provincialism, and the herd instinct.  Loyalty and provincialism seem to have many of the same characteristics.  They serve to draw attention to the relationship that binds groups of people together to satisfy a particular interest, the book suggests survival in general may be conditional on loyalty and provincialism. Furthermore the book seems to make the claim that herd mentality forms because of the need for loyalty and provincialism and seems to apply a negative connotation to Culture Lag.  The definitions put forth in the text to me seem to be a justification for patriotism and mob mentality. Although the text does give examples of the negative effects of unchecked herd instinct (or as I have herd the concept referred to previously, mob mentality) in the untouchables of the Hindu class system, and the governments utilizing of blind patriotism to hush would be protests regarding foreign policy, the text doesn’t go far enough in demonstrating the horrible ends to which herd instinct and blind loyalty/ provincialism has taken humanity in the past.  The examples of abuses of herd instinct are contrasted with an absence of loyalty that the author claims would result in suffering “serious harm to their chances of having a good life or any life at all”(pg.124). So I searched YouTube for what I see as the modern results of a herd mentality and found plenty of videos referencing pop culture today though they were to explicit for me to post in good conscience,  then I came across this video of a reading from a speech given by Emma Goldman before the United States entered world war one, she was an anarchist and I believe it conveys a point of view the text missed all together hope you all enjoy it.

 

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