Why do people feel the need to nail their colours to the mast so much?

Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean. We all know the nursery rhyme but have you noticed it applies to politics to? People foam at the mouth at the slightest mention of something they perceive as a lefty/righty concept. "Oh I'm right-wing therefore I have to automatically dismiss global warming as a lefty hoax". " oh I'm left wing therefore I have to automatically have to support a transexual Santa Claus wearing a strap on dildo visiting schools."

We all know about political polarisation, but Why do people feel the need to nail their colours to the mast so much?
Why do people feel the need to nail their colours to the mast so much?
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Does the nut rhyme "righty tightly, lefty loose" apply everywhere or just the north hemisphere?
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  • You're right.
    Political partisanship is silly. I'm astonished by people who defend and praise everything that one political party does while vilifying the other party. There's ho objectivity.

    Also, labels are divisive. People use to stereotype each other. They assume that conservatives believe a, b, c, ... And liberals believe x, y, z, ...
    But that's not always the case. Few people are two dimensional stereotypes. Human beings might support a and b but not c. They might even support a, b, and z.

    Bright people gather information, look at all sides, and use their reasoning ability to formulate opinions on issues, regardless of consensus or political loyalty. They can't be put in a nice, neat box.

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  • The people controlling the narrative benefit from division. Anger and despair keep people watching and listening. And people who watch and listen are easier to tell what is important and what they should do about it. Generate enough rage and one can easily find a fault line between any two people and fan it into conflict. Sadly, only one "side" has to engage in this in order for it look like both sides are, as defending oneself is often indistinguishable from attacking. Personally, I'm of the opinion that in order to see which side is responsible for the division we need only to look at which side those who benefit are putting all their weight behind. Which, of course, they do both sides (but do favor the right somewhat heavily), so even that can't just be completely nailed to a mast. It's gotta be case-by-case but no one has time to sort through it unless they achieved that time by some untrustworthy means, in which case you can't trust their conclusions.

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  • to show support for the things that they believe in. yes we dont all have to be as black and white as your (very funny) description. but its good to show support. if we didn't then the biggest fat cat would just take it all and we would be left picking up the pieces

  • I'd love to write something long for this. First, great question as always. I think the answer is that they want validation.

  • that's our American privilege... we can still afford to be this stupid

  • Groupthink

  • We can always count on @purplepoppy to come up with these thought-provoking posts. The wingnuts metaphor is beautiful, but it's too early in my day for my brain to make any useful comment.

  • People have tribalistic tendencies. And that is all it is when you get to the real hear of the matter.

  • It's ingrained in us by the interplanetary rulers to disagree. Otherwise, we might all come together as one and realize we have enough firearms to take down a UFO.

    • See Genesis 11. https://www. britannica. com/topic/Tower-of-Babel

    • Ah the story where different nations all work happily together to make a tower and God punished them for it.

  • Very clever metaphor. Yes, everything is so polarized. The media has a lot of responsibility for this. If you look at how rabid they are towards President Trump it has never been like this even with Nixon. They have attacked him even when he was out of office because they do not want him to run again. Now that he had declared that he is running they are out to destroy him. Democrats want all the power and want to crush anyone that has an opposing opinion. If you thin global warming is a hoax and you are in show biz you will never work again. If you work for a liberal government and you support a secure border you will be fired immediately.

  • It's because they've allowed themselves to be conditioned to act like zealots and fools in defense of ideas they often barely grasp.

    The intellectual equivalent of hooting for the home football team.

    It would be better if people could consider issues individually and think on them for themselves but that takes effort.

  • We should bust that nut.

  • This is why Im anti-political man. I dont support any of them.

  • no idea

  • Can you explain what is meant by rightists and leftists and what is the purpose of them?