Explaining Why Conservatism Illogically Crosses the Entire Socioeconomic Spectrum.

 Politics
Read this: This article from Moyers & Company, by Chris Mooney, provides a take on the conservative mind that I had not thought of.  Like many of us I have frequently wondered why seemingly atypical conservatives are conservative at all.  For instance how can so many poor or disadvantaged vote Republican instead of Democratic?  Evidently “A large body of political scientists and political psychologists now concur that liberals and conservatives disagree about politics in part because they are different people at the level of personality, psychology and even traits like physiology and genetics.”  Furthermore, “It challenges everything that we thought we knew about politics — upending the idea that we get our beliefs solely from our upbringing, from our friends and families, from our personal economic interests, and calling into question the notion that in politics, we can really change (most of us, anyway).”  The article goes on to propose that “that political conservatives have a “negativity bias,” meaning that they are physiologically more attuned to negative (threatening, disgusting) stimuli in their environments.”  If true, then “the conservative ideology, and especially one of its major facets — centered on a strong military, tough law enforcement, resistance to immigration, widespread availability of guns — would seem well tailored for an underlying, threat-oriented biology.”

http://billmoyers.com/2014/07/17/scientists-are-beginning-to-figure-out-why-conservatives-are%E2%80%A6-conservative/

 

 

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