Here is a clue. Some years ago, a number of citizens of France were assembled into small groups to exchange views about their president and about the intentions of the United States with respect to foreign aid.
Before they started to talk, the participants tended to like their president and to distrust the intentions of the United States. After they talked, some strange things happened.
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This book is just far fetched and lacking substance. In Going to Extremes, renowned legal scholar and best-selling author Cass Sunstein offers startling insights into why and when people gravitate toward extremism. If both groups are exposed to balanced materials, they might tend to coalesce at least if they do not have significantly asymmetrical trust. If he does, Carlton is in a cascade. But I want to urge an explanation that connects closely with group polarization. Their voting patterns remain the same regardless of whether they are sitting with zero, one, or two people from their own party. If an authority tells you to do something apparently harmful or cruel, you might do exactly that, either because you think that it is the right thing to do or because you do not want to risk your reputation.
Read preview. Synopsis Why do people become extremists? What makes people become so dismissive of opposing views? Responsibility Cass R.
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Contents 1. Polarization 2. Extremism: Why and When 3.
Movements 4. Three Ways to Prevent Extremism 5. Sunstein marshals a wealth of evidence that shows that when like-minded people gather in groups, they tend to become more extreme in their views than they were before. Thus when liberals group get together to debate climate change, they end up more alarmed about climate change, while conservatives brought together to discuss same-sex unions become more set against same-sex unions. In courtrooms, radio stations, and chatrooms, enclaves of like-minded people are breeding ground for extreme movements. Indeed, Sunstein shows that a good way to create an extremist group, or a cult of any kind, is to separate members from the rest of society, either physically or psychologically.
Sunstein's findings help to explain such diverse phenomena as political outrage on the Internet, unanticipated "blockbusters" in the film and music industry, the success of the disability rights movement, ethnic conflict in Iraq and former Yugoslavia, and Islamic terrorism. Providing a wealth of real-world examples--sometimes entertaining, sometimes alarming--Sunstein offers a fresh explanation of why partisanship has become so bitter and debate so rancorous in America and abroad. Praise for the hardcover: "A path-breaking exploration of the perils and possibilities created by polarization among the like-minded.