The Asshole Factor
Ted Carter
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Expecting Groupthink To Fulfill the Role of Personal Conviction Makes an Asshole of Us All Eventually…

My time as a secondary education substitute teacher, paid political operative, and lifelong hardwired iconoclast has convinced me that groupthink generally has a greater propensity for losing its internal direction than the individual, especially if that person is committed to the life of the mind. The notion that a group necessarily imparts any wisdom, restraint, or ideal to an individual, whether that group is a civic, religious, or professional in nature is ludicrous. If it were the case that groups fundamentally change the character of its individual members beyond superficial affectation, then communism would be triumphant across the world and all Christians would still be Catholics. Used properly, assholes can be used like a controlled burn to clear out the deadwood that tends to pile-up in groups of all types over time…