Apparently right wing/left wing bias is psychological.
Their research, published in the journal Science, indicates that people who are sensitive to fear or threat are likely to support a right wing agenda.
Those who perceived less danger in a series of images and sounds were more inclined to support liberal policies.
First of all, sweeping everyone into a right wing / liberal division is just about as false a division as can be made. What of those of us who are liberal, as in supporting liberty? We want a strong national defence, we want half decent criminal justice, but we also want less government intrusion and none of this stupid puritanism.
Furthermore, gun-control is not ‘liberal’ – it’s restrictive. And it’s primarily driven by fear of lumps of metal, which clearly should be felt by those who fear things.
On top of that, polling 46 people in a small state in the US is hardly likely to come up with a scientific template for the mid-West, let alone for the world.
Anyway, it’s perfectly obvious that your political views can change. Hell, none other than Winston ‘baby killer’ Churchill is alleged to have said as much:
â€œIf you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.â€
What you or I think about politics is fluid; what we value at one election will differ greatly from what we value at another. Fear drives us sometimes, hope at other times. Hell, in my political decisions I’m often driven by disgust.
To say that it’s all based upon how much I sweat when someone shows me a picture of a spider makes it all appear a little too neat for my liking…
I saw a large and very dead spider in the office sink. I picked up its soggy corpse with my bare hands and placed it tenderly in the garbage. I felt terribly sad because I suspected I might have accidentally drowned it. Does this make me a ‘bleeding-heart liberal’?
No. A bleeding heart liberal wouldn’t sent the husband out to kill foxey to death…
I met a guy from Long Island who harped on about ” goddamn white collar liberals” all the time. It took me a while to work out what he meant.
Goddamn blue collar conservatives, eh?
Makes a change from ivy league liberal, I suppose…