After a survey showed that it was hard for a democrat to stay friends with a pro-Trumper, a Harvard law professor commented that “white liberal college graduates” are “the least tolerant…”
The pew research center released a survey that showed 35% of democrats believed that a friend who votes for Donald Trump would strain their relationship, among the white democrats that number reaches 40%. And 47% of “liberal” democrats say that their friendship would suffer if they favored Trump.
With these data in hand, Vermeule, who is the Ralph S. Tyler professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School, tweeted that, indeed, white liberal college graduates are “the least tolerant” in society, highlighting the three categories most radically affected by a person’s contrary political ideas:
The least tolerant among us: white liberal college graduates. https://t.co/yshK7raX7n
— Adrian Vermeule (@avermeule) July 21, 2017
In a Twitter conversation that ensued, Vermeule suggested that on average Democrats and Republicans look at politics differently, which explains its differing effects on one’s personal life and relationships.
Liberalism, he stated, “makes an idol of politics,” and thus, political dissent is looked upon as heresy. In the case of conservatives, however, politics plays a different role. “The data show that Republicans are more politically tolerant,” he said, because “politics isn’t as likely to be an idol, on average.”
In other words, Republicans tend to be more politically detached, with politics playing a less central role in their existence, meaning that they can more easily overlook a friend’s contrary political opinions without it jeopardizing their relationship.
The difference is that liberalism is driven by emotion, thus dissent is viewed as betrayal. The right is driven by logic, so dissent is an intellectual exercise, like a game of Scrabble.
If anyone loses a friend because of a difference in politics, did not really have a friend . It’s like someone saying I don’t like a person because he/she likes a different baseball team. I’m just sayin’ … If we can’t disagree with our friends and family and still love them, was there ever real love there??