• Pajser

    “In short, emotion-driven politics does not just make us biased. Rather, it makes us dislike each other and mistreat each other. It causes mutual distrust and diffidence. Further, it leads to us voting in ways that we would not vote if only we were better informed or if we processed political information in rational ways. Emotion-driven politics means we get worse political culture and worse government.”

    It is possible that individuals exposed to politics are worse (at least in short time frame), but culture and governments are still better. It seems consistent with experience – in last 100 we saw weakening of the racism, increase of children, women, gay and animal rights in European and American (North and Latin) democracies. Capital punishment is mostly abandoned. We can talk about workers rights too. It is lots of progress in 100 years. I can see two possible hypothesis that can explain that:

    (i) It is possible that Hooligans develop bias, but as they are exposed to political arguments more often, they still change their political opinion more often than Hobbits do, possibly inspired by some internal conflicts in political tribe they belong. Just that change doesn’t happen in time frame of days, but years or decades. While Hobbits stay as they are.

    (ii) It is also possible that new generations of Hooligans do not pick beliefs of their parents so often as Hobbits do; that they pick some other beliefs, some that seem to be better supported by arguments.

  • geoih

    Politics is war by other means. The State is coercion and violence. Why would anybody think it would result in something other than meanness or dumbness?