If it seems to you that American politics has reached peak madness, or escape velocity, here are 2 essays that lay out backstory—conditions that set us up even before Trump’s election. 1) summarizing research on rising cross-partisan animosity
Liberals & conservs are genetically different, but we don't have genes for politics. Genetic diffs in cog ability, fear of others, religiosity, & even enjoyment of ideas account for those genetic diffs in political allegiance. See
This is all very authoritative and knowledgeable, but it seems to me to ignore the salient mega-fact of unlimited dark money in politics.
Opinion | How Could Human Nature Have Become This Politicized? - The New York Times
How Could Human Nature Have Become This Politicized?
Review of increasing polarization based on identity overlap & cultural divides associated with heritable personality traits
Fear, economic expectations, workplace visits, social-distancing, and mask-wearing are all driven by party identification to a much greater extent than local public-health conditions, state economic conditions, or state public health policies.
I guess maybe congratulations to The New York Times for *completely* overcoming all woke orthodoxy and publishing the most unsayable things I've ever seen published in a newspaper? But are you *sure* you want to go there, NYT?
How Could Human Nature Have Become This Politicized?
The high cost of polarization Human nature and partisanship in the US
How Could Human Nature Have Become This Politicized? With partisanship and polarization holding center stage, the question becomes: What exactly are we talking about when we talk about partisanship and polarization?