How do you deal with ingroup bias and the conflict that would stem from that in an anarchist society? The question could apply to a homogeneous or a heterogeneous stateless community. But for this post let’s apply the question to a heterogeneous society.
In group and out group bias are something that developed in humans as well as other animals. What I’d like to know is how do you avoid group conflict without an immensely powerful governing body. How do you deal with conflict ?
The conflict doesn’t need to be physical. In theory anarchist societies make decisions through a democratic process. So what happens when one side does not respect the decision? How do you avoid a mob mentality that causes the smaller group to become subordinate to the larger group? Because if there was a redo on the vote on how to allocate a certain resource. The larger group could just vote the same way it did before.This would build resentment because the smaller group would feel ignored.
This is why hierarchy is important and has been the preferred system of organization for humans. Some humans are meant to lead and some are meant to follow. This is also seen among other mammals. There is a division of labor in all groups. Everyone has their specific role to play in making things function. Hierarchy is natural and good.
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