difficult to control; unruly; irritable and quarrelsome
Why is Europe so clearly failing to emulate the United States, which also began life as a loose confederacy of fractious states before consolidating magnificently in response to its various existential crises?
I mean I don't know if I agree about the "magnificently" part but I guess he's comparing to Europe so fair enough
In Infinite Jest, however, the duality of the individual operates through a fractious dialectic.
The neoliberal hegemony in the United States, for instance, came about by linking together the interests of economic liberals with those of social conservatives. This is a fractious (sometimes even contradictory) alliance, but it is one that finds common interests in the broad neoliberal framework by emphasising individual freedoms.
There are various broad fractious currents of thought on the left as to how to address the problems that now confront us.