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Entries Tagged as 'Tribalism'

The Deep Seated Paranoia and Insecurity of Political Parties – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Campaigning, Politics, Progressive Politics

The best way to get anyone to do anything on the Democratic side—and I’m sure it’s the reverse on the Republican side—is to tell people that the Republicans are doing it. It doesn’t matter: the Republicans could be doing something completely stupid, but if you tell the Democrats they get scared and think they should […]

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Loyalty – “Freedom: A Novel”, Jonathan Franzen

October 24th, 2012 · No Comments · Politics, Quotes

(Dorothy was big on loyalty—it lent meaning to her not so pleasant life)

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Labor Tribalism – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 16th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power, War

Like a true Labor tribesman, Kelty was deeply attached to the traditions of the clan—including the traditions of loyalty to friends and savagery to enemies. I said to him once that all Paul Keating’s worst enemies seemed to be former friends. He reflected for a moment or two and replied that it was much the […]

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