The Instinctive Force Behind Ideology

by Juan Mendez

In applying Dr. Zend's analysis to institutions of human behavior, 24 graduate students at Drewson University have arrived at a computer model that breaks down many of our inter-social patterns with surprising results.

The basis for all human ideologies are derived from Chimpanzee nut-gathering behaviors.  Socialism? An encouragement for the lazy and stupid to survive on a limited availability of nuts jeopardizing the survival of those better adapted for evolutionary change. Cronyism? The wise investment of favors for both mating purposes and folks to watch your back. Otherwise the most aggressive and manipulative would keep all the nuts.

These results were challenged by the Ownership Foundation which cast the Drewson findings as anti-wealth hogwash.  "We'll be reaching out to our various alumni soon, and start pulling on the purse-strings of Drewson's endowment. Before long this study will disappear," remarked Cynthia Feelgood of the Foundation's inner sanctum with amazing alacrity.   Many belief systems are hardly related to food-economics, but simply to in-group out-group dynamics; which is an attempt to pass on one group's genes at the expense of another.  The graduate-study found parallels to many recent changes in our own society. They found examples of intolerant in-group dominated societies interrupted by lowered dynamism among the elites and expansion to more tolerant out-group societies in which genetic infusion was not only tolerated but welcomed. These societies were usually undergoing decline, in search of cheaper labor, and often collapsed afterwards   The main difference between Human and Chimp economics, is that within Chimp groups the dominant will take as many nuts as they can until they are satiated then will not care what happens to the remainder. In human societies the dominant elite will try to keep the remaining surplus into death and beyond both with elaborate pyramids and negligible estate taxes.   The question still remains how many graduate students does it take to write Shakespeare, or turn on a light bulb?