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Any theory of social groups and their elites to be successful must take into account the need of members of our species to belong to distinct in-groups, of these in-groups to cluster into larger groupings, the innate hostility of in-group members to outsiders, and finally the inherently hierarchical nature of all group structures. The mythology of primitive communism and other literature of tribal egalitarianism must founder on the rocks of actual structures of all human societies as actually observed.

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