I believe this is the first time I've brought the same link back out for a second run in this newsletter. But I honestly believe this is the most enlightening article I've ever read when it comes to understanding the politics of America.
There are two major tribes in America and each has different markers of identity and inclusion. They each "virtue signal" (which is really just letting others around you know which tribe you are in) in different ways. One tribe, for example, might say something critical of white people (especially if the speaker is white) because the main identifier of that tribe is the concept of radical inclusion and the lifting up of the disadvantaged. The other tribe identifies very strongly with America and often publicly shows commitment to the tribe through public acts of Patriotism. The two tribes hate each other and will go out of their way to denigrate and ridicule the identity markers of the other group.
So let's take the application of these concepts to the Colin Kaepernick discussion. One side doesn't see why kneeling for the anthem is a big deal at all, and in fact thinks it's awesome because what Kaep is really doing is identifying and promoting a cause at the heart of one of the tribal identities (injustice against a minority). But the method of that protest is directly attacking the main tribal signifier of the other tribe. And so the other tribe responds quickly, emotionally, and with great vigor to this perceived slam on their tribe. Both tribes look at the same act and through the lens of their tribal markers; both find good reason to further hate the other tribe. And so the tribal separation and identities are reinforced, etc, etc, etc... -Brian
Stupid title. I mean I've heard basically every possible culprit or cause brought forth as the reason Donald Trump won in 2016. Russians, robots, emails, Comeys, etc...but honestly this is a nice deep-dive into the town in America with the most manufacturing robots per capita, and the effect that has had on the community (mostly positive). -Brian