First presidential debate
Source: Snapshot taken by the author from the online video of the debate
Everybody could agree about the first presidential debate for 2020 election: it was different, and it was exhausting. And everybody knew the cause was the dynamics Trump creates in his interactions with others. In this piece which was written before the first debate, I have discussed how human instinctual behaviors that subtly affect politics, overlap with the politics of these days, and are in play in these debates.
Fear, Anger, and Tribal Politics
I have previously written about how politicians manipulate our most primitive tribal instincts to their advantage. Humans are inherently tribal with strong affinity to their perceived affiliated group. This is not only visible in nationalism, racism, and religious prejudice, but also in more adaptive forms such as devotion to a sports team, or cultural and religious affiliations. Like it or not,