Political Theatre category archive
Will Bunch ruminates on the first days of the impeachment inquiry and what they have revealed.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Thomas Hills looks at the impeachment inquiry and partisanship and the factors that are contributing to the latter.
Here’s a snippet (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest. It is worth your while.
The psychological research on interpersonal conflict shows that when grievances arise, each side tends to bias the evidence in ways that support their own position. A study by Baumeister and colleagues found that perpetrators and victims basically build dual worlds of facts to justify their opposing positions. Victims see violence towards them as arbitrary and gratuitous and often coming in a long series of injustices. Perpetrators, on the other hand, feel their actions are provoked, justified, and one-off events effectively designed to “correct” imbalances.
The implication may be that no one has objective access to the truth and all sides are equally wrong. However, that is the wrong take-home message.
The “there is no truth” argument is of course exactly what the guilty side of any argument would like you to believe. . . .
Elsewhere in the article, he argues that the roots of this political conflict go back to the Vietnamese War.
I think he’s right about the roots being in a war, but he missed the war by about 100 years.
Writing at Psychology Today Blogs, Christopher Dwyer explores seven reasons why persons fall for fake news and steps to counter them.
Steven M. takes issue with Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, who argues that the impeachment of Donald Trump makes Trump look weak. Rather, Steven suggests that Donald Trump’s supporters view it otherwise. A snippet:
To his fans, President Trump is both powerful and besieged. Sure, they believe he smites his enemies on a daily basis, but they also believe that his enemies are extraordinarily powerful supervillains who never relent in their campaign to sabotage his presidency (and to sabotage all the good things in America, like the Second Amendment and the Wall).
Right-wing voters have been this way for decades. Nixon, Reagan, Gingrich, George W. Bush — no matter how much power they had, there was always a sinister cabal of establishmentarians threatening to bring them down.
I commend the entire piece to your attention.
Yeah, I know. That’s redundant, ain’t it?
In the Greensboro, North Carolina, News and Record, a writer tells the tale of the lessons he has learned from his grandfather.