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  •  this is exactly their goal (5+ / 0-)
    I think these people really and truly want to take down the nation and replace it with a confederation of balkanized states.
    It's a worldview based on the belief that identity determines interests, and so only people who are the same can ever truly be friends and work together, and conversely that the farther apart two people or two groups are, the more likely they are to conflict or to submit to shared repression in the hope of preventing conflict.

    But homogeneity is held to be a true strength; supposedly people of one heart, one mind, one blood will be truly selfless towards one another - sharing what they have and eager to pull together to build something better - while being naturally and rightfully intolerant of outsiders imposing their own identity/interests on them.

    Diversity is alleged to paradoxically breed narcissism and selfishness - "I'm a snowflake!" - because for lack of common bonds, people will have nowhere to look for values and purpose but in the mirror.  From this comes social breakdown at the hands of the terminally self-absorbed - slackers, predators, as well as a plethora of social and political movements dedicated to "universalizing the particular" - alongside institutional corruption and tyranny as whichever group is dominant by virtue of numbers, money, or force naturally looks out for its own at the expense of everyone else.

    Some of them will bother to say that there's nothing in their ideal system that would stop environmentalists, black people, gays, etc. from banding together and creating their own little societies following their own rules and nobody else's, as well as forming coalitions of little societies creating networks of trade, mutual defense, etc.

    Domestic politics is the continuation of civil war by other means.

    by Visceral on Sat Nov 02, 2013 at 11:43:28 AM PDT

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