Electoral Politics

“To be sure, many elections in the past have been raw, rude and raucous in their rhetoric. That is part of the competitive spirit of electoral politics. But something new is happening: the sense that the other side is less than fully human, that its supporters are not part of the same moral community as us, that somehow their sensibilities are alien and threatening, as if they were not the opposition within a political arena, but the enemy full stop.”

Morality, Chapter 16, p. 222