Politics is a blood sport

Found at taki-mag:

http://takimag.com/article/rereading_pliny_theodore_dalrymple/print#axzz4Eb4ye0MG

There, Theodore takes on the issue of hostilities around “color groups” in ancient Rome, where we learn that different groups battled physically based on each group’s color. There were blues and grays. (Read it, an entertaining piece).

Sports is an emotional preparation for war. Political parties do a competition every couple of years mostly within the territorial zones that previous victors have carved out from other teams. Sometimes it turns into a blood sport, and sometimes new teams form up around some slogan. Not “just” colors anymore but slogans only slightly more sophisticated.

Maybe I should take that back. Yes, there are some who cannot see beyond their color, I guess.

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