• American society is very like a fish society. . . . Among certain species of fish, the only thing which determines order of dominance is length of time in the fishbowl. The oldest resident picks on the newest resident, and if the newest resident is removed to a new bowl, he, as oldest resident, will pick on the newcomers.

    Margaret Mead (2000). “And Keep Your Powder Dry: An Anthropologist Looks at America”, p.40, Berghahn Books
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