Seeing Politics In Everything

Andrew Sullivan —  Mar 30 2012 @ 7:40pm

Julian Sanchez rejects the gulf between partisans "as reflecting some essential fact about human nature, or as providing a frame within which to understand all intellectual or cultural life":

It starts to seem, as Albert Camus once put it, that we’ve made the mind into an armed camp—in which not only politicians and legislative proposals, but moral philosophies, artworks, even scientific theories, have to wear the insignia of one or the other army. … We’re at the point where people are morally certain about the empirical facts of what happened between Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman on the basis of their general political worldviews. This isn’t exactly surprising—we are tribal creatures who like master narratives—but it feels as though it’s gotten more pronounced recently, and it’s almost certainly making us all stupider.