tribalism

Examples of blind allegiance to tribal truths, keeping us weak & ignorant

Summary: Truth has become a tribal thing in America. Scores of posts have documented this on the Right and Left. Today we have two fun examples by the Left, with sublime but blind confidence in their tribe’s truths. Our tribalism divides us, making us weak. Our blinders keep us ignorant. The combination probably makes reform …

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The story of America: what’s wrong and how to fix it

Summary:  Let’s start the week with an explanation of why the Republic has come to the brink of death, and some possible reforms. It’s a simple and clear story, with an open ending. There are so many possible reforms; all difficult, complex, and of uncertain effect. This post summarizes the major themes during the past …

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Delusions of the well-educated and intelligent on the Left and Right leave us nowhere to hide

Summary: We’ve mined the comments on the FM website for evidence of delusionality on the Left, as evidence of a deeper ill affecting America. We’ve not done so recently for comments from the Right. Today we have a volunteer, one especially well qualified to show the nature of our problem. “I should sooner live in …

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Swear allegiance to the truth as a step to reforming America

Summary:  Today we look at a characteristic of the people of New America, one that pushes us away from the America-that-once-was: our increasingly tribal view of the world, each with its own lies and contempt for those who disagree (especially experts). It keeps us easy to rule, and makes impossible to find our own common …

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What can we learn from visits to the FM website from interesting Internet communities

Summary: Here’s another year-end reflection on lessons learned from the comments in the FM website.  Here we look at some of the communities that comprise the greater Internet, and the qualities which make it unique. Contents Internet Communities visiting Contempt for Science Model Internet Communities Why don’t facts change people’s thinking? For More Information (1)  …

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