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  •  I can see where it comes from (3+ / 0-)
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    acerimusdux, theran, LaFeminista

    and the insecurity that feeds it.  It is so hard to battle those fears for some people, especially those who aren't so self-aware.

    Group Bragging Betrays Insecurity, Study Shows

    Pickett and her co-investigators found that groups that boast, gloat and denigrate outsiders tend to be of low social status or vulnerable to threats from other groups.

    I'm more shocked to see people who are otherwise aware falling into some of the traps--such as scapegoating numerically small segments and inflating their actual proportion of the workforce.  

    But what's the solution?  We need to make those people secure and less vulnerable.  How?  I have no idea--there are systemic issues with our educational system, and our economy, that are out of their hands.  And that aren't amenable to quick fixes.  In the meantime, there will be awful rhetoric and it will lead to violence.  

    Darwinic pilgrims claim the image fills them with an overwhelming feeling of logic. --The Onion

    by mem from somerville on Sat Feb 28, 2009 at 07:33:03 AM PST

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