Video: OT’s Andrew Donaldson on The Young Turks “Indisputable with Dr. Rashad Richey”

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Juliusagusta says:

    I’m happy for OT, good to see your making waves.Report

  2. Chip Daniels says:

    Andrew’s idea of “avatar-ing”, where the followers latch onto a leader and simply become what he/she does and says, is echoed by Dr. Richey’s associating it with gang culture where there isn’t a central idea or creed or ideology that connects them, but merely a tribal loyalty.

    Another way to term is it identity politics, where the shared connection is an identity of race or ethnicity or culture.

    But regardless of what you call it, the central aspect of it is that every dispute becomes existential. There isn’t any way to reach compromise or consensus because the very notion of “half a loaf” is profane, while there is also no such thing as “too far” because the very survival of the group is paramount to every other ethical concern.

    All of which is to say that the very nature of the Republican Party today is at odds with a liberal democracy. Like I and others have been saying for some time, they are an insurrectionist faction that refuses to grant any legitimacy to any opposition.Report