Getting to know our own tribe: Are the two tribes becoming more tribal?
If not, we can’t imagine why. By now, powerful orgs are urging each tribe in the direction of true belief.
Such conduct is profitable, and easy to do. It helps drives tribes apart.
Of course, tribal beings can only see the tribalism in the other tribe. We thought of this after perusing this post by Kevin Drum, who isn't at fault in our story.
Uh-oh! A new Pew survey has explored belief about evolution. In the new survey, 48 percent of Republicans said they believe that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time.”
To our own tribe’s tribal players, this makes the other tribe very dumb. And things are getting worse Over There! In a survey conducted in 2009, only 39 percent of Republicans said they held that belief.
For what it’s worth, this doesn’t necessarily mean that anyone has changed his or her view about evolution. According to Gallup, the percentage of people who say they’re Republican has dropped by a substantial amount since the end of 2009.
Please don’t make us show our math. But it’s mathematically possible that no Republicans have changed their minds about evolution during that period. It could be that a whole bunch of evolution-believers are the ones who have quit the party, driving up the percentage of disbelief among the folk who are left.
Is that what happened? We have no way of knowing. Almost surely, the departure of evolution-believers at least helps explain the change in numbers from 2009 to 2013.
This didn’t occur to our own tribal geniuses, who swung into action in comments. Misquoting Brother Drum a tad, the third commenter offered the following bit of snark.
This represents a requisite piece of our own tribe’s pure tribal belief:
COMMENTER: “Conservative tribalism has increased a helluva lot in the Obama era.”Everyone knew what he meant, of course, as you can in subsequent snark-ridden comments: Conservative tribalism has increased a helluva lot because Obama is black!
Hmm .... I wonder why this is? Is there something different about Obama than previous Democratic presidents? I can't put my finger on what that might be.
In our own tribe, we are all eager to say this. We are also eager to say how stupid the other tribe is, even as we fail to consider the possible role played in this matter by shrinking GOP membership.
(A few commenters eventually wondered about this possibility.)
All through the annals of time, tribes have always known that the other tribe is morally bad and very dumb. With that in mind, we especially enjoyed this eventual pithy analysis:
COMMMENTER: Conservatives are the dumbest fucking people on the planet.Many commenters expressed a similar view. Tribes have always known this fact about the other tribe.
Here’s the problem. Conservatives are the world’s dumbest people because 48 percent of Republicans believe that humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time. Also, more Republicans believe this now because of their obvious racism.
Here’s the problem: In that same Pew survey, a full 50 percent of black Protestants say they believe that same thing. According to our commenters, then, conservatives are the world’s dumbest people, along with black Protestants.
As we’ve noted in the past, this phenomenon often appears within our own tribalized tribe. We ridicule conservatives and/or Republicans for their views on various social issues, not realizing that major parts of the liberal/Democratic coalition hold the same beliefs.
In this case, our genuises trashed the GOP for their racist beliefs and for their rank stupidity. As we did this, we weren’t clueful enough to know that many blacks share the view in question, the view which make white Republicans so god-awful stupid.
Our own tribe’s geniuses constantly do this when topics like this appear.
Say hello to the human condition! Tribes always know that the other tribe’s dumb. In all such cases, all such tribes have a good shot at being right.