There is an interesting piece in the NYT today about the different political views of David Horowitz and his son Ben, the well known venture investor from Andreessen Horowitz. It is a look at the divide not just between this family, but between us as a country. One quote stands out for me, and I’ve seen this stated before.
The core identity of most people was community, family and religion. But as these other parts of society withered, politics filled the void.
I think this gets to the crux of a lot of what has led to an increase in vitrol and distrust of the ‘other’. We don’t have community anymore. There is no common language, that ties us together. And so we retreat to our homes, stare out our chose media sources, and shout at the internet.
I’m not sure how to solve this problem. I only see it getting worse. But I don’t know that we get to a better place as a country without figuring this out.