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Unity Can Be Worse than Partisanship

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Posted By: zoidberg, 7/26/2019 2:48:00 PM

I want to put in a good word for partisanship. This might sound strange to some readers. I’ve written a lot about our problem with tribalism, including hyper-partisanship and political polarization. It was a major theme of my cheerily titled book Suicide of the West. So I’m happy to concede that too much partisanship — or partisanship of the wrong kind — can be very bad. But unity can be bad too. Excessive unity cultivates groupthink and breeds contempt for dissent. It tends to ride roughshod over minorities, and not just in the sense of racial, religious, or sexual groups.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: seamusm 7/26/2019 4:12:52 PM (No. 134619)
Spot on! How much longer can we rely on OPM (other people's money), i.e., China's?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Delilah 7/26/2019 4:35:45 PM (No. 134627)
Sorry Jonah, I quit reading your trash years ago.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: WesternTradition 7/26/2019 4:45:32 PM (No. 134636)
Support our President and maybe I'll go back to reading you again.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: zzzghy 7/26/2019 7:21:22 PM (No. 134768)
Sorry buddy, and I mean this. Fool me once and all that.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: joew9 7/26/2019 9:53:59 PM (No. 134841)
Here's a good way to discard unity and replace it with partisanship. The Republicans should stop acting like Democrats. And they should start acting like conservatives. But the Republicans sat back and watched the Tea Party get illegally investigated and pretty much destroyed. They apparently want to do the same thing with Trump. The Republicans and Democrats are about as unified as people can get.
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