Great points ray. And I particularly like how “isolation vs. intimacy” is yet another refraction of the core “agency and communion” polarity that sits at the very heart of the integral model.
What is striking is that this lack of knowing what they believe in, and a complete obsession with being against whatever another group is.
I think this is well said. And of course, we can see this on both sides of the political divide, as this sort of thinking is a hallmark of regressive tribalism wherever we see it — the notion of “us” gets reduced to “not-them”. For the GOP, however, I think this became the end that justifies any/all means, which helps alleviate the cognitive dissonance that comes with defending hypocrisy — for example, claiming to be pro-free speech, pro-business, and anti-government interference, while simultaneously using government to punish a business for practicing free speech that they don’t like. But as long as it’s positioned as a way to punish a common enemy (those evil leftist groomers), there is no perceived hypocrisy.