Logical Conclusion Reached

In all its glory – the end result of indiscriminate public funding of increasingly stupid research topics:

Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:

– Fear and aggression
– Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
– Uncertainty avoidance
– Need for cognitive closure
– Terror management

That’s right kiddies! Conservatives are mentally unbalanced!

Disparate conservatives share a resistance to change and acceptance of inequality, the authors said. Hitler, Mussolini, and former President Ronald Reagan were individuals, but all were right-wing conservatives because they preached a return to an idealized past and condoned inequality in some form. Talk host Rush Limbaugh can be described the same way.

I invoke Godwin’s law!

Contrary to the researcher’s findings, Reagan embraced many changes. One shining example was the decision (as then governor) to employ helicopters to fire teargas canisters into herds of morons at the UC Berkeley campus, where this rubbish was written. As the original poster notes:

It remains the only military airstike on an American University to this day. The best part is that we don’t have to pine for an “idealized past.” In the real past, lefty nutjobs at Berkeley really were heavily sprayed with teargas.

Amen.

Glaser acknowledged that the team’s exclusive assessment of the psychological motivations of political conservatism might be viewed as a partisan exercise. However, he said, there is a host of information available about conservatism, but not about liberalism.

This must come as quite a shock to Jon Ray.

If anti-leftist publications were helicopters, Jon would be followed everywhere he roamed by a full orchestra playing “Ride of the Valkyries“. I don’t think those guys were looking particularly hard.

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