What's wrong with wanting to hang out with people like us? How can that account for the failure of Congress to do its job?
People enhance their social identities by viewing their own groups positively and seeing other groups negatively. ... The price of identity is that despite what the human relations movement had hoped, differences aren’t diminished when groups come together. Instead, as social psychologists found out, differences are exacerbated.
Researches found that there didn’t have to be any discernible dissimilarity [my emphasis added] between groups for “us” versus “them” conflict to arise. People adopted group identifications with only the flimsiest of pretexts.
The simple fact of assigning people groups led to discrimination....
In a comparison of citizens from twelve countries, Americans are the least likely to discuss politics with someone holding a different view. ... [T]hey avoid political confrontations personally – more so than people in any other country in this study.
It would be so cool to get bipartisan groups together to read and discuss this book!
Political purges have no logical end point; each newly drawn inner circle leaves a former respected acolyte suddenly on the outside.