This article mainly focuses on pointing out the impact of partisanship on interpersonal trust, which is the foundation of cooperation. Carlin et al starts off by pointing out the fact that there is a better interpersonal trust between democrats than it is from democrats to republicans and vice versa. This fact caught my attention real quick as I can relate this kind of situation to a situation where I hardly trust an opposing team in a competition. Main reason being, I know they want to do better than me and I wont let them. However, I feel like partisanship is not so healthy due to the fact that people of one political party look at another political party as a threat and untrustworthy. This, in my opinion, is the worst part of democracy as it leads to more division than cooperation.
Carlin et al also talks about race and the interpersonal trust that exist in some specific group of people. This, makes a lot of sense as I can relate to it a lot. Mainly, I personally feel like its only because people of the same group tend to have similar cultural behaviour and hence, relate to each other a lot more. A clear instance of this was shown when 92% of African Americans voted against Dolnad Trump (see here). They mostly don’t like him because they felt disrespected by his comments on African Americans and the African continent, which is their motherland. The worst part of partisanship is that, many trump supporters are not so trusted by Democrats, especially African Americans who feel like there is a negative racial motive that they have as they support a person they feel disrespects them . It also came to my view that African Americans and Mexicans hardly trust an African American or Mexican trump supporter, because in their view, there is no reason to support a person who looks down on an entire race of people. This clearly shows how partisanship has affected the interpersonal trust between people, which is why I personally sometimes think the significance of democracy is overrated.
As @melaniechen9985 said about how her grandfather’s trust in those who have similar political views as him, I felt it too because it is something I have been noticing about Uncle and some of my friends. this complements Calrin et al’s research as it shows how people are separated by partisanship.
This article is sort of related to Garcia et al’s article in such a way that they both talk about human behaviour in competition. Garcia’s article was about human behaviour’s influence on competitive society. this article also talks of human behaviour in such a way that partisanship is influenced by human behaviour and point of view.
Conclusively, upon going through the article, I respected the views pointed out and related to most of them. However, in my opinion, despite the fact that partisanship is meant to unite people of different views together in harmony, I feel like it ironically leads to more separation than cooperation due to the lack of interpersonal trust in brings between people of different views.