Tuesday 27 November 2018

Why We Hate Each Other

This is interesting and true.

'Mr. Sasse’s assertion that loneliness is killing us takes on even darker significance in the wake of the mail-bomb campaign against critics of President Trump and the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, both of which were perpetrated by isolated — and apparently very lonely — men. Mr. Sasse’s book was published before these events, but he presciently described what he believes lonely people increasingly do to fill the hole of belonging in their lives: They turn to angry politics.

'In the “siloed,” or isolated, worlds of cable television, ideological punditry, campus politics and social media, people find a sense of community in the polarized tribes forming on the left and the right in America. Essentially, people locate their sense of “us” through the contempt peddled about “them” on the other side of the political spectrum.'

From How Loneliness Is Tearing America Apart, article in the New York Times by Arthur C. Brooks


  1. Trickle-down fetishistvMr Brooks did not dwell on how monopsony, the gig economy, and predatory capitalism can damage communities and isolate people.

  2. What is predatory capitalism? And the gif economy? That may be the thing which will save humanity's soul, allowing us to do away with the deathly 40 day week and house arrest indoors during the most beautiful part of the day.