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What beliefs do politically intolerant people have?

Are politically tolerant people more or less concerned about political conflict than their intolerant neighbours?

We conducted survey research to address these questions.

Here's what we found.

#politics #immigration Image

We asked people how irritated they'd be if a member of their most opposed political party was dating a member of their family, their neighbor, co-worker, or local elected official.

Avg answer = tolerance score. We limited this sample to most and least tolerant.

"The United States government should provide financial
support to people in other countries who are in need."

The most intolerant group was more likely to agree than the least intolerant. Image
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This perfectly encapsulates the fallacies of the “polarization” dogma: Zero engagement with the substantive issues that define the political conflict, just empty #BothSides rhetoric that dissolves everything into “Let’s be nice to each other” nothingness.
I don’t know the people behind this initiative, so I am not going to question their motives. But there are so many of these kinds of #unity projects, and if the goal actually is to get this country to become a functioning multiracial, pluralistic democracy, this isn’t helpful.
Apparently, everyone who approvingly responded to a thread in which I outlined the key arguments of our latest @USDemocracyPod on the problems with the pervasive #polarization narrative is now being addressed by these people and their empty unity gospel. ImageImageImage
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“Polarization” Is Not the Problem. It Obscures the Problem.
We need to be a lot more critical towards the pervasive #polarization narrative as the central diagnosis of our time.
New episode of @USDemocracyPod – with @shannimcg: Image
“Polarization” not only obscures what the key challenge is – the anti-democratic radicalization of the Right and the threat of authoritarian minority rule – but also transports a misleading idea of America’s recent past and how we got to where we are now. 2/
We start by outlining the central arguments and claims of the #polarization narrative, looking both at how it’s been conceptualized in the political and social sciences as well as at how the idea of “polarization” has shaped the broader public and political discourse. 3/
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🧵In recent years, political #polarization has become a dominant feature of political discourse in many democratic nations. As political parties and their supporters increasingly diverge in their ideological beliefs, the divide between them grows, leading to a breakdown in 👇 Image
democratic norms and the collapse of social systems. This thread will explore the different ways in which political polarization contributes to the erosion of democracy and the collapse of social systems, providing a comprehensive understanding of this pressing global issue.👇
I. The Mechanisms of Political Polarization

1️⃣Identity Politics
One of the key factors driving political polarization is the rise of #identity politics. As individuals increasingly identify with their political affiliations, they tend to view opposing parties as enemies rather👇
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🇺🇸 Let's take a journey through the #HistoryofUSA! From the early Native American civilizations to the modern-day superpower, this fascinating thread will explore key moments in the development of the United States of America. 🗽🦅
Before the arrival of Europeans, numerous Indigenous tribes thrived across the land. From the Iroquois Confederacy in the northeast to the Pueblo peoples in the southwest, their rich cultures and societies laid the groundwork for America's story. #NativeAmericanHistory
In 1492, Christopher Columbus' voyage marked the beginning of European colonization in the Americas. The Spanish, French, Dutch, and English all established settlements, profoundly impacting Indigenous peoples and the land. #Columbus #ColonialAmerica
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"Many young people had suddenly-around 2013-embraced three great untruths..."

"Liberals embraced these beliefs more than conservatives. Young liberal women adopted them more than any other group..."


#cdnhealth #mentalhealth #psychology #polarization
"But in late 2013, Greg began to encounter new cases in which students were pushing to ban speakers, punish people for ordinary speech, or implement policies that would chill free speech...
"These students arrived on campus in the fall of 2013 already accepting the idea that books, words, and ideas could hurt them. Why did so many students in 2013 believe this, when there was little sign of such beliefs in 2011?"
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#SouthKorea made a significant move today on #Japan relations, saying its own govt will compensate victims of Japanese forced labor during WWII, ending a years-long feud on the issue.

Is it progress? Why I'm pessimistic 🧵/1…
President Yoon @President_KR justified based on national interest, esp Korea's future challenges re: NK & China, & how Japan is now a country that shares "universal values" w/ South Korea. US applauded the move. What could possibly be wrong w/ that? /2
On the one hand, this appears to be a classic example of @EunbinChung 's theory of national identity affirmation (NIA) in her book, Pride, Not Prejudice, in which she argues that affirming one's own national identity/pride can help overcome past conflicts/tensions. /3
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"The 21st Century Question: Emergently Engineering the Future"

Follow this 🧵 today and tomorrow for highlights from our 2022 #AppliedComplexity Network and Board of Trustees Symposium:…

#Web3 #Cities #Polarization #EmergentEngineering #Decentralization
We start with a talk by SFI President David Krakauer:

"Would anyone care to guess why we're so GOOD at building transistors and so CRAP at designing drugs?"

"This thing [points to transistor] lives in a centralized system. This thing [points to cancer drug] lives in US."
"I'm going to pick on economics, because we like to do that at SFI. 'Ooh, look at that cover! So techy. Global, heat maps...' But here's 'Networks' [in the textbook]. THAT'S IT. Here's '#ComplexityEconomics.' NOTHING."
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No, no, no. The problem is not “the extremes of political parties” (plural!), it’s not “both sides,” it’s not #polarization.

The key problem is the rise of far-right extremism and the accelerating anti-democratic radicalization of the Republican Party. 1/
Zakaria concludes that in America, “democracy has actually become minority rule, and the minority rule holding power is unrepresentative, angry, and increasingly radical.” An apt description of what’s happening on the Right - only he means: on both sides! 2/
It’s a remarkable statement in a situation in which one party is fully committed to erecting minority rule against the will of the majority and there is absolutely no equivalent anywhere near the center of the Democratic Party or mainstream liberal / progressive thinking. 3/
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🎉Amazing news!🎉 Our team came in FIRST PLACE in lowering anti-democratic attitudes in a massive online experiment @Stanford, the✨✨Strengthening Democracy Challenge✨✨. We ALSO significantly reduced partisan animosity and support for political violence in the US. 👇🧵1/8.
Our team includes @GabeLenz, @_dval_, @hosinux, and @alex_pentland from @UCBerkeley, @MIT, @MediaLab, and @TorontoMet. It started in 2019 with the question: what kind of #polarization is most toxic for #democracy and how can it be remedied? 🧵2/8.
What is the Strengthening Democracy Challenge? This innovative project crowdsourced intervention designs from over 400 people in 17 countries for a massive online experiment (N>31,000). For more info, see this thread by @RobbWiller 🧵3/8.
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"Throughout world history, humanity reached progressive levels of unity starting from the family unit, village or tribe, nation state and is now approaching its long-destined, highest level of unity on this planet which is the unity of mankind." Ali Helmy…
Farm Robots Will Help Feed the World During Climate Change - Bloomberg…
#FarmRobots, #AgriculturalEquipment, #ClimateChange, #GlobalFoodSystem, #OpEd
The Magpie in the Mind: The Emerging Science of Thinking with the Whole World Beyond the Brain – The Marginalian…
#neuroscience, #imagination, #sensemaking, #ExtendedMind, #EndlessPossibilities
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Polarization, a🧵

30 years ago, the Internet was hailed as creating a globally connected community.

Yet today, we're seeing more attention to how social media are *increasing* polarization.

E.g. @elipariser @JonHaidt and others


@elipariser @JonHaidt What’s driving the increased online polarization?

Marshall van Alstyne explore how greater connectivity could great filter bubbles and amplify differences between groups in our 1996 and 2005 papers.

@elipariser @JonHaidt In theory, virtual communities let us connect with far more people and ideas.

In practice, our time, attention and mental processing capacity are still limited, so we must limit who we interact with.

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I have one more thought on “cancel culture” and “self-censorship”: In most elite institutions, the only political opinions that are guaranteed *not* to get you some pushback are those adhering to the established centrist tropes of “polarization,” “division,” and “lack of unity.”
The problem with the way the term “self-censorship” is currently deployed to suggest a pervasive “cancel culture” is twofold. First of all, it disregards the fact that some measure of modulating when and how we voice our opinions is just normal – and certainly needed.
Political opinions, opinions about people in our lives, even opinions about movies, sports, whatever: We all understand that we can’t always offer our unadulterated takes on anything and everything, to whoever, regardless of circumstance. That’s not how the social contract works.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 01/15/2022…
Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica Could Collapse Soon: New Research - Rolling Stone…

#ThwaitesGlacierCollapse, #antartica, #IceShelf, #ClimateChange
America’s Divisions May Have Passed the Tipping Point…

#PartisanPolitics, #tribalism, #polarization, #TippingPoint, #CivilWar
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Wie geinteresseerd is in nasleep van #J6 kan dit rapport lezen. Daar steek je meer van op dan die oppervlakkige reportage van @MariekeNOS voor @Nieuwsuur…
Heb je Lorenzo Vidino, een toponderzoeker, te pakken en gebruik je slechts twee qootjes. In je reportage ook helemaal niets over aanpassing van inlichtingendiensten en pogingen tot invoering nieuwe wetgeving om 'binnenlands terrorisme' vijand nummer 1 te maken.
In de reportage ook helemaal niets over de FBI provocaties en infiltranten tijdens #J6. In de reportage ook helemaal niets over de voortgang van de #J6_Commission. De berechting van de meer dan 700 aangehouden personen kwam er ook bekaaid vanaf.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/15/2021…
Well-Structured German Study Shows No Deaths among Healthy German Kids Ages 5 to 11 ⋆ Brownstone Institute…

#MedicalStudy, #germany, #COVID19, #mortality, #children, #SchoolClosures
Fast superhighway through the Solar System discovered - Big Think…

#ArchesOfChaos, #SpaceTravel, #SolarSystem, ScientificDiscovery
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A distorting #polarization framework and the never-ending search for “both sides” equivalence produce seriously misleading political analysis.

Let’s dive into an especially egregious example: A PBS @NewsHour interview with sociologist James Davison Hunter. Brace yourselves. 1/
Right off the bat, JDH claims that the culture wars have turned into “class culture wars”: America split into two camps, a progressive elite vs the conservative middle and working classes. This, however, completely obscures the actual fault lines of the political conflict. 2/
This idea of “class culture wars” misrepresents the political coalitions on either side of the conflict. First of all, it ignores how enormously important a wealthy reactionary elite is in funding and defining the conservative political project. 3/
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Not polarization, but radicalization of the Right.

This critique by @JRubinBlogger is crucial. I am researching the history of the #polarization idea and how it rose to become a defining narrative of our time, and I’d like to add some thoughts.

A (long) thread: 1/
Only one party, @JRubinBlogger reminds us, tolerates violence, refuses compromise in any way, and is defined by white Christian nationalism; “Only one party conducts fake election audits, habitually relies on conspiracy theories and wants to limit access to the ballot.” 2/
As @JRubinBlogger outlines convincingly in the column, the polarization interpretation therefore tends to obscure more than it illuminates. And yet, so many politicians, journalists, and pundits keep talking about how polarization is the root of all evil that plagues America. 3/
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Important thread by @perrybaconjr. Too many people accept the idea that #polarization is the root of all evil that plagues America - when what we should really be doing is to reflect on the limits and pitfalls of using polarization as the governing paradigm of our time.
I’m writing a book about how Americans have tried to make sense of political, social, and cultural divisions since the 1960s, and how the idea of #polarization has come to occupy such a prominent place in the nation’s imaginary, how it has shaped the broader political discourse.
One particularly problematic element of the #polarization discourse is that it often comes with a pronounced nostalgia for “consensus” - ignoring that in many ways, polarization is the price U.S. society has had to pay for real progress towards multiracial, pluralistic democracy.
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