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  •  Jane Smiley has an excellent (4.00)
    description of the GOP cult this week: The Republicans: Winners or Perpetrators?

    She calls it 'tribal loyalty'. A sample:

    Conservatives, though, don't really mind doing harm to others, even murder, especially if they add the phrase, "for your own good." After all, people get harmed all the time--the world, to a natural conservative, is a harmful place and a vale of tears. To a conservative, the greatest crime is betrayal of the tribe, and if worst comes to worst, better that those outside the tribe (often not even defined as human) come to grief (get injured, get raped, lose everything, get killed, let's be honest) in preference to oneself or one's allies. To a true conservative, it doesn't matter that Jesus's number one rule was to do unto others as you would have them do unto you--they somehow read this as do unto others before they do unto you. Conservatives, I think, have a stronger flight/fight response than liberals. They are both more fearful and more aggressive. It shows in their religion (God is someone to fear), it shows in their child-rearing techniques (beatings,whippings, spankings are to be administered, not avoided), it shows in their attitude toward marriage and sexuality (conforming to one's own strict moral standards isn't enough--others must conform, also, or the whole society is in danger). To the conservative mind, harm may be justifiably done to others who do not conform. Doing harm to others is a relative evil, not an absolute one. It is, you might say, an aspect of winning.

    The War on Terror is terrorism

    by Halcyon on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:29:57 PM PST

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    •  Yes, tribal! (none)
      But in a bad way... not the kind of tribalness that bands people together, but the kind that says "our tribe is better than all others and we will kick your ass if you say different".

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 01:10:05 PM PST

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