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  •  Nice piece of analysis (6+ / 0-)

    Wisdom here, yes.

    Of course, the problem is rooted in a very real and very common human tendency to define the boundaries of  one's in-group by highlighting and generalizing upon the characteristics, or signs, of members of a putative out-group. Social predication: taking the signs that can easily characterize a person (skin, gender, wealth, clothing, etc.) and advancing the presumption that "people like that" can usefully, profitably be expected to act in such-and-such a way. Of course it's prejudice and stereotyping - it's also a cognitive shortcut that worked more-or-less well (and still does) in tribal socieities fighting for access to rather scarce physical and psychic resources.

    The upshot, post-modern American "conservatism" and Republicanism" is fueled precisely by a more-or-less subtle appeal to this regressive tribal cognitive machinery bred in humans for tens of thousands of years. Your analysis, StevenD, shows some of the typical current mechanisms. And knowledge of the truth shall make us free - someday . . .

    The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

    by semiot on Mon Sep 04, 2006 at 09:01:41 AM PDT

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