Sunday, May 31, 2020

The ending of America - We turn on each other

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In 1960, less than 5 percent of Democrats and Republicans said they’d be unhappy if their children married someone from the other party; today, 35 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats would be, according to a recent Public Religion Research Institute/Atlantic poll—far higher than the percentages that object to marriages crossing the boundaries of race and religion. 

Recent research by political scientists at Vanderbilt University and other institutions has found both Republicans and Democrats distressingly willing to dehumanize members of the opposite party. “Partisans are willing to explicitly state that members of the opposing party are like animals, that they lack essential human traits,” the researchers found. The president encourages and exploits such fears. This is a dangerous line to cross. As the researchers write, “Dehumanization may loosen the moral restraints that would normally prevent us from harming another human being.”

Yoni Applebaum, How Amercia Ends, The Atlantic, December, 2019, p. 46

Editor's note:

What do you think is causing this polarization and escalation of the "blame game?" 

Would cooperation and collaboration be a better path to take? If so, what do you think will facilitate this?

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