chapter  11
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Great apes and the human resistance to equality


Questions about the nature and limits of the community of equals are controversial in both theory and practice. As I write these words, a bloody war between Serbs and Croats is continuing in the former Yugoslavia. Many fear that this is a preview of what may happen in what was once the Soviet Union. Tensions between Czechs and Slovaks are running high, and “the troubles” continue in the northern part of Ireland. Here in New York, where I am writing this chapter, relations between Hasidic Jews and AfricanAmericans in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn may have deteriorated to the point where a cycle of reprisal killings has begun. Relations between blacks and Koreans are generally very bad and all over America there are incidents of white racism against blacks and Asians.