Political Trust and Distrust
The article introduces the idea that humans “evolved social and political institutions to resolve social conflicts from within and without”. The author also talks about how democracy requires much more trust than other forms of government and ironically causes more trust and distrust within political groups. The author also touches base on how Americans are more focused on conflict based on representative democracy than its role in cooperation. He even provides evidence that shows that Americans who identified as Democrat trust other Democrats more than Republicans, and other Republicans trusted Republicans over Democrats. I think this is interesting and when I really think about it, my grandfather tends to trust people who have similar political beliefs as him and have a negative opinion and distrust on this who hold different political views. It’s interesting to me that he can “determine” someone’s character just on their political belief.
@charlesmb24 reading response provides a very clear example. “ A perfect example is the current segregation and extreme division in politics in the US today – whereby the conclusions of this study can be directly applied to the extreme hostility between Trump supports (right-winged) and centrists or left-winged or the division between Liberals and Conservatives.”
People tend to make assumptions of Trump supporters and generally have a negative opinion of them and vice versa, people have negative opinions on left-winged people. (This is evident in Canada as well)
The author also talks about social identity and self-categorization theories, and basically, it’s when people label themselves from other people and they feel like they belong with the category they identify as and show favoritism to in-group members.
The author then brings up whether a person’s social identity (ex. Ethnicity, race, class..etc) compared to their political partisanship generated more or less trust discrimination.
I thought this was interesting because unlike how Garcia talks about how people generally would help someone like a stranger over a friend of theirs, because of similarity and how they are more competitive when it comes to their friend (people similar to them). In this case, people are biased towards people with similar political beliefs. Perhaps this does not apply when it comes to similarities in political beliefs/identities.