Of course, that may be the point: On the one side a fading hegemony, grasping at the remaining wisps of social, economic and cultural purchase, framing the debate in terms of reward and control. On the other side, simply, real people simply stating that they’ll go ahead and define themselves –thank you very much — and will act accordingly. As such, the terrain of the debate may have been set, many many years ago, and while the signposts…
Wow Petr- you have written this with palpable zest! Electric, succinct, direct writing. Thanks so much, a pleasure to read.
My take on why we think like we do is based on the takeaways from Jonathan Haidt's excellent book - The Righteous Mind. It goes someway in explaining why we are so tribalistic. We are essentially intuition-driven information processors, constantly scanning the world around us, morally interpreting information and colouring narratives with our unique worldview. We readily allow intuition to lead us and then use our rationality to come up with evidence to support our beliefs - the absolute arse-backward way it should be. Our reasoning seeks justification, not the truth. i.e. it’s more like a politician looking for votes as opposed to scientists looking for truth.
I'd really appreciate if you could read my article and feedback - the parallels between your take for WHY we are so polarized and partisan and HOW our brains are literally wired to be this way according to Haidt, are uncanny.