It’s interesting that we’re seeing the same sort of rhetoric on both right and left calling for loyalty between tenuous allies to pursue shared interests.
The possible outcomes this November come down to this: Trump contained, or Trump triumphant.
Democrats, I suspect, will make a victory harder than it should be. A significant number seem to view Trump’s vulnerability as an opportunity to ideologically purify their party. They are actively undermining the job of containing the president by alienating centrist voters they need to turn the House.
Yes Nate, punish the defectors! Let the hate flow through you…
This is a sign that group selection factors are beginning to dominate in the political sphere. Liberals have more practice circling the wagons and navigating sociopathic relationships of mutual convenience, as mentioned yesterday, but I suspect the conservative tendency to naive idealism will become an overwhelming advantage in coming years as divisions widen. Idealistic fixations may be pathological for individual competition (and arguably for high-level group selection, say on the continental level) but when there’s a clear “us vs. them” dynamic then it can inspire very low defection rates in societal dilemmas.