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The Question (ID Number 625)...

    Is lifetime membership a defining characteristic of tribes? i.e. would "neo-tribes" work without this feature?

    ...and the response:

    Lifetime membership is a defining characteristic of aboriginal tribes. "Neo-tribes" not only "would" work without this feature, they DO work, as the examples in BEYOND CIVILIZATION show. There's almost always a middle ground between something working and not working. Does a marriage without children work? Yes, but not the same way as a marriage with children. Does a single-parent family work? Yes, but not the same way as a two-parent family. Does a typewriter work? Yes, but not the way a word processor works. You have to work with what you CAN have and CAN do, and not fixate on what you CAN'T have and CAN'T do.


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