We think our enemies are idiots…

We think our enemies are idiots… June 17, 2014

I’m just going to leave this right here. We could all use the reminder from time to time.

If we believe our political opponents are as rational, thoughtful and empathic as we are, then we are likely to pursue political compromise through rational debate, civil discussion and collaborative analysis of the facts. But if we think our opponents are mindless, then it makes sense to forgo civility and push our opinions across the table with brute force and discount any counterarguments as rooted in irrational bias rather than objectivity. If I believe that I think more thoughtfully than you and feel more deeply than you, then it makes little sense for me to try to reason with you, much less listen to what you have to say.

We think our enemies are idiots, and that’s a problem

The psychological explanation for our partisan strife.
(via The Washington Post)

Susan Rice: nobody’s fool. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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