Monday, August 03, 2015

Exit, Voice and Loyalty

In any social group, members have two strategies to show dissent - Exit and Voice. They can either voice their dissent and hope for change, or they can give up and exit to a more favorable group. However, Loyalty might prevent people from showing dissent in either one of these ways. Loyal members neither voice dissent (or don't voice it strongly enough) nor leave.

But social logic is usually associative logic. Loyalty usually gets defined as not showing dissent. Anyone who exits or voices dissent is branded disloyal. Instead of Loyalty being present as an a priory notion, the idea of loyalty (or patriotism or being a team-player) is created and nurtured  to curb dissent.

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