Dept of the near future 🚩 Amy Chua: The future of politics is tribal identity. EXCELLENT: “tribalism remains a powerful force everywhere… it has begun to tear at the fabric of liberal democracies.” I'm not sure of her recommendation, which is to re-up the role of national identity to get disparate tribes to cohere. My observation: cities may play an increasingly large role in group and identity leadership. And the impact of technologies, such as machine learning, make it easier to render explicit tribal affiliations. Digital networks and increased mobility make it easier to “find your niche”. So it could be that the cost of understanding which tribe is yours and finding it (wherever it may be), would decline. Equally, the physical realities of adaptation mean that conflicting tribes may need to live and share the same space for long periods of time. I’m curious about watching this trend.