Scott, I appreciate your thoughtful approach to things. And, I think I agree with a lot of what you are saying.
People who are intentionally partisan, to the point of either vowing never to compromise, or so self-brain-stuffed that there is no room for any competing ideas, can have many different motives. They can be reacting to someone(s) on the other side they think is dangerous, stupid, beneath them, or what ever. They can be acting out of material, or social, self-interest, i.e., the personally selfish, and tribally selfish, motives. They can be acting out of an investment in a way of making sense out of a chaotic world, i.e., the ideological or belief motive. Or some combination of all of the above.
The chicken and egg thing is always tough to work backwards. I think we agree that 'excessive partisanship' is a result of underlying things that, even if revealed, are so much a part of the human condition that we will be hard pressed to make much progress on it.
One reason I focus on pencil and paper so much is that it gives those rare people whose' motive is just solving the problem, the opportunity to actually compete with all the people who have other complicating motives as well.
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