Conservatives, Progressives, and Perception
Michael van der GaliÃ«n tries to wrap his head around the disconnect between the way progressives and conservatism view themselves and their counterparts.
The main problem, it seems to me, is that partisans and ideologues have a tendency to abandon rationality and adopt an “us versus them” attitude about politics. Starting from the premise that one’s ideological opponents are mostly decent folks who share most of the same broad goals but differ in the preferred route for attaining them or in how trade-offs should be prioritized would solve 99% of the problem.
That attitude is, for a variety of reasons, largely a relic of a bygone era. The combination of 24/7 media saturation and the emergence of a permanent campaign has turned politics into the equivalent of a team sport, with all the fanatical overreaction that goes with it. I see no signs of that changing any time soon.