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  •  It's not lying. It's tribalism. (22+ / 0-)
    ...  tribalism ... refers [to] a strong cultural or ethnic identity that separates one member of a group from the members of another group ... while tribal society no longer strictly exists in the western world, tribalism ... is arguably undiminished.

    They are not lying. They are reciting their catechisms.

    A catechism is a summary or exposition of doctrine ... Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorized, a format that has been used in non-religious or secular contexts as well.

    Remember this?

    I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    The holy Catholick Church;
    The Communion of Saints;
    The Forgiveness of sins;
    The Resurrection of the body,
    And the Life everlasting.
    Amen.

    You were required to recite this weekly, to reinforce your membership in the tribe. Importantly, you were supposed to accept all of it, and believe all of it, without evidence.

    How about,

    I believe in Supply Side Economics;
    Tax Cuts for the Rich;
    Government is the Problem;
    The Liberal Media;
    Democrats Tax and Spend;
    Obama is a Socialist;
    In Reagan's Name,
    Amen.

    Conservatives are required to recite some version of this creed to prove their tribal identity.

    The more lies and falsehoods there are in the creed, the more effective it is to insure tribal solidarity. Members of the Republican tribe are required to reject all other sources of information, including all media and all science. They are required to believe their catechisms without evidence.

    So it's not lying. It can only be lying if there's some recognition that facts matter, that evidence matters, and that issues can be resolved by considering the facts and the evidence.

    But that's not what they're doing. It's not about true or false.

    They are simply identifying themselves as members of the tribe.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 04:08:17 PM PST

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