anonymous_animus at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 24 19:30:34 UTC 2005
>>This may radicalize a whole new group on
both sides. Sounds like a good move to me.<<
--Inevitably, if two sides become totally opposed and
make decisions based on ideology and partisan
posturing, some group in the middle will eventually
reject the polarization. In the US, we are not all
isolated into ideologically opposed groups. Those who
are are not in the mainstream, they live in a world
where everyone around them reinforces their views, an
echo chamber. But most of us have friends and/or
family on both sides. A real dialogue emerges,
overriding the bumpersticker mentality of the isolated
extremes. It takes a little time (simplistic
ideologies have the advantage of certainty at every
step, which is also a disadvantage in the long term)
but at some point, those in the middle will speak up
and renounce the extremes.
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