Binding and Blinding

The oldest concept in political psychology, one which wouldn’t have escaped the ancient Greeks is the idea that politics operates over the top of our coalitional psychology, the tendency to form groups based on some self-interested psychological awareness of some people, but not others.  Political Parties utilise this psychology all the time and it is the bedrock of their functioning.  What Haidt does is show how it relates to the Confirmation Bias in ways in which deepen and the operating that bias, blinding political parties in a collective, simultaneous, endlessly re-enforcing way to blind themselves to certain realities.

Political coalitions bind themselves together via this blinding and this blinding offers a simplified world view, one more attuned to their Moral Intuitions resulting in a deepening of their binding.  The deepening of the binding calls for more blinding…

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