Gene Healy on Why Politics Are Bad For Us

Politics makes us worse because "politics is the mindkiller," as intelligence theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky puts it. "Evolutionary psychology produces strange echoes in time," he writes, "as adaptations continue to execute long after they cease to maximize fitness." We gorge ourselves sick on sugar and fat, writes Gene Healy, and we indulge our tribal hard-wiring by picking a political "team" and denouncing the "enemy."

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