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A New Report Hidden Tribes, Offers Insights Into Tribalism -How We Perceive others In the Age of Trump; by Geroge Packer

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'American politics today requires a word as primal as “tribe” to get at the blind allegiances and huge passions of partisan affiliation. Tribes demand loyalty, and in return they confer the security of belonging. They’re badges of identity, not of thought - they make thinking unnecessary. To give an inch to the other tribe makes you a sucker.The trends are not new, but they’ve dramatically accelerated and intensified under a President who rules by humiliation because he lives in fear of being humiliated.We live in a time of tribes. When politics becomes a perpetual tribal war, ends justify almost any means and individuals are absolved from the constraints of normal decency.  Everything in American politics today entrenches tribalism: our winner-take-all elections, the dehumanizing commentary on cable news and social media, the people we choose to talk to and live among.'

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