Tuesday 21 February 2017

Sometimes we should be thankful for Ireland's dull consensus

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump is demonising the weak. Photo: Getty
Donald Trump is demonising the weak. Photo: Getty

I was recently discussing the success of Donald Trump's presidential campaign efforts when a friend asked the question: "Are Americans just a bit stupid?"

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I argued that, in my experience, any Americans I have met have been uniformly polite, friendly and intelligent.

The real question at the heart of US society concerns social cohesion. The US is stratified on many different grounds- race, socio-economic, political and religious affiliation, gender and sexuality. The hyper-competitive political environment has allowed this stratification to reach the level of tribalism, resulting in an increasingly unbalanced and dissonant society.

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