Excessive loyalty

Anne Applebaum of the Atlantic has published the article that I would like to have written myself, but I just couldn’t quite piece my thoughts together as she has done so effectively. She lays out how Republicans’ loyalty is being played citing historic parallels. It’s clearer to us when we look at the distant past.

Good men and women, who at some point saw the danger can have their values gradually eroded when the stakes of not conforming to peer pressure are high. I’ve experienced it in business situations, and I’ve observed it in sports and religious communities. College professors study it in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Groups can become cult-like in enforcing conformity and supressing dissent. Those on the inside lose perspective and, as the popular cliche goes, “drink the Koolaid.” If you think it couldn’t happen to you, think again. This article is long, but it is well worth reading. She’s nailed the problem both parties face.

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