No Hate Left Behind: Tom Edsall explores the evolutionary psychology of political tribalism, & why it’s increasing, with quotes from me, Peter DeScioli, Rob Kurzban, Jon Haidt, Leda Cosmides, John Tooby, others.
I really appreciate when journalists and op-ed writers heavily rely on research/scholars. But I am increasingly concerned about the consequences of this type of repeated coverage of polarization and partisan hatred.
This is fascinating, from a forthcoming study: "The most knowledgeable and sophisticated voters display the most uncritical acceptance of party orthodoxy, left or right. On both sides, the best informed voters are by far the most partisan."
"Just over 42% of the people in each party view the opposition as 'downright evil.' … nearly 1/5 Republicans & Democrats agree with the statement that their political adversaries 'lack the traits to be considered fully human — they behave like animals'”
Over 42% of people in each party view the opposition as “downright evil”—this suggests that 49 million voters believe that members of opposition party are in league with the devil. A nice overview of how coalitions & moral psychology affects politics.
"Should psychology be kept separate from biology? If it is, we will never understand how mind works...how to make war less likely, to cure autism, to help people understand risk, or to prevent racism, to name just a few problems..." evo psy progressing on
As polarization is linked to group identity & our-group derogation, some partisans (even the most informed) are endorsing extreme & violent views; a research & theory round-up from ⁦
.: Contrary to the expectation that the losers of elections might be more inclined to violence, two political scientists have determined that winning increases support for violence against the opposition
New study on lethal partisanship: Just over 42 percent of the people in each party view the opposition as “downright evil.” Original report:
" & ... found that nearly 1 out of 5 Republicans and Democrats agree with the statement that their political adversaries 'lack the traits to be considered fully human — they behave like animals.'
This opinion piece in the NYTimes is chilling. It's based on survey data about how bad partisanship has gotten in recent years in the United States. Many people have come to dehumanize their political opponents.
Loads of Americans are starting to see people we don't agree with as less human. Experts think a driving force in this era is moral condemnation and judgment, a desire for purity. Could be lethal, argues
"The most active voters — those notably “high in cognitive resources” — are the most willing to accept policy positions endorsed by their party, and they are doing so not out of principle, but to affirm their identity as a Democrat or Republican."
A recent paper by & found that just over 42% of Democrats and Republicans responded that they view the opposition party as “downright evil.” "
“”Do you ever think: ‘we’d be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died’?”” 20% of Ds and 16% of Rs say yes. That seems worse than not wanting your kid to marry a D or R.
With charity toward none and malice for all dissects the hate in our politics. 20 million people better off dead, according to polls.
This, by , represents the worst kind of postmodern drivel. Edsall discusses partisanship as if factual (I include moral) disagreements are like disputes between fans of opposing sports teams. The lesson now is that truth has a place in democracy
How would you answer this question? “Do you ever think: ‘we’d be better off as a country if large numbers of the opposing party in the public today just died’?” Study: 20% of Democrats (12.6 million voters) 16% of Republicans (or 7.9 million voters)
“Just over 42 percent of the people in each party view the opposition as ‘downright evil.’” That is shockingly high, and equally distributed across both parties.
Tom Edsall's column about partisanship today, citing , Leda Cosmides, and John Tooby, among others
Required reading? No Hate Left Behind from Thomas Edsall. It isn’t that smart people sometimes do dumb things. It is that the “smartness” is somehow the cause of the “dumbness.” ⁦
"No Hate Left Behind" by Edsall [[weak analysis leaving out deep foundational & systemic realities of our elite white male dominance system, esp the ways systemic racism has created deep/lasting racial division, and white majority fearful of change ]]
No Hate Left Behind
No Hate Left Behind
“The set of evolved programs that enable and drive warfare and politics strongly overlap with the set of evolved programs that drive human morality.” Come on. There are no “evolved programs” for war. There is no brain “circuit” for hate.
Really important point that I've also been trying to make about using the word "tribes" to describe people. quoted by In
"Contrary to the expectation that the losers of elections might be more inclined to violence, the two authors determined that winning increases support for violence against the opposition."
"Lethal partisanship is taking us into dangerous territory. On both sides, the best informed voters are by far the most partisan." Democrats are somewhat more supportive of partisan schadenfreude and violence.
I suspect this is not unrelated
Study finds that the most informed voters can be the most biased to support their side.
Study finds that the most informed voters can be the most biased to support their side.
Lethal partisanship is taking us into dangerous territory | Thomas B. Edsall.