Sometimes we should be thankful for Ireland's dull consensus
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?"
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.