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Comment author: Ray 08 December 2007 08:13:59PM 0 points [-]

There's no particular reason why you need to have a detailed knowledge of the psychological literature for fanatics to try to chase moderates out of a group. That particular piece of knowledge, that if you shout down and away anybody who disagrees with you then you are in control, seems built in to human understanding of politics.

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Comment author: Ray 11 September 2007 06:45:08PM 132 points [-]

You have, I think, come upon the essence of modern political speeches.