Live from the Missouri Valley that the Republicans are Trying to Turn into a Gehenna: Cass Sunstein goes horribly wrong:
Jonathan Chait gave the smackdown two years ago:
I’m a ‘Partyist,’ and Yes, I Judge Your Politics: "Cass Sunstein and David Brooks... in keeping with our culture’s addiction to grievance...:
...have taken up a new term to express their disapproval of my preferences: ‘partyism.’ This new term of art transforms the act of judging a person’s political beliefs into a kind of prejudice, and therefore to render it disreputable. ‘The destructive power of partyism,’ laments Sunstein, ‘is extending well beyond politics into people's behavior in daily life.’ Brooks goes even further. ‘To judge human beings on political labels is to deny and ignore what is most important about them,’ he argues. ‘It is to profoundly devalue them. That is the core sin of prejudice, whether it is racism or partyism.’...
It’s okay to judge people’s political values. It’s not like the sports team you root for or even (exactly) like a religion, where you are mostly born into your loyalty. Politics expresses moral values. That is precisely the attitude that troubles Brooks.... There are millions of Americans who think it’s okay to deny legal citizens their voting rights or force them to go without health insurance. Those people live in a different moral universe than I do. They’re not necessarily bad people. (Lord knows the people who agree with me on those things are not all good.) But, yes, I believe their political views reflect something unflattering about their character.