By Tom Jacobs

According to a recent Gallup poll, 40 percent of Americans describe themselves as conservative, while only 21 percent call themselves liberal. (Another 35 percent are self-identified moderates.)

This gap has long puzzled scholars. If left and right ideologies comprise a mutually dependent yin-yang system, reflecting different approaches to meeting our most basic needs, shouldn’t they be held by roughly the same proportion of people?

One possible explanation is that some “conservatives” wear the label quite loosely. Another points to the long-established link between right-wing attitudes and a tendency to perceive the world as threatening. In an era where the latest scare is constantly being hyped on television and the Internet, it stands to reason that conservatism would dominate.

Newly published research proposes a somewhat different, and quite provocative, answer.

A research team led by University of Arkansas psychologist Scott Eidelman argues that conservatism — which the researchers identify as “an emphasis on personal responsibility, acceptance of hierarchy, and a preference for the status quo” — may be our default ideology. If we don’t have the time or energy to give a matter sufficient thought, we tend to accept the conservative argument.

“When effortful, deliberate responding is disrupted or disengaged, thought processes become quick and efficient,” the researchers write in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. “These conditions promote conservative ideology.”

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harappan.man said:

The Tea Party are Radical Right, not Conservative.

The traditional meaning of "Conservative" --- up to and including Barry Goldwater --- referred to people and policies that "conserved" what what was good in the current system, changing it slowly and carefully.

The Tea Party don't want to change things slowly and carefully.  They want to upend Government and see how the pieces fall.  No one says "Let's see if maybe perhaps we can start planning to cut back ten percent on the staff of the Deputy Under Assistant Secretary Secretary of Energy for Stifling Bureaucracy."  They say "Eliminate the entire Department of Energy."   That's not conservative; it's radical.


James C. Watson DC said:

I see a problem here !

The problem is definitions and what is a "CONSERVATIVE" What is a "Liberal" and what is a "Moderate"

The political spectrum is to simplistic and does not fit the real world.

http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz

Take the quiz  and see where you fit , Are you really one who believes in FREEDOM ? or are you an Authoritarian

If the TEA Party is "Radical Right," then the present administration is Radical Treasonous Left.  "Upended" government is what we have now with a Marxist Idealog as President, with Marxists, Maoists, Communists and Socialists as Obama's Czars, the TEA Party wants this to end!  If your home was burning down, do you put the fire out or do you wait to see if your home would be totally consumed before deciding if you should call the fire department?  

harappan.man said:

The Tea Party are Radical Right, not Conservative.

The traditional meaning of "Conservative" --- up to and including Barry Goldwater --- referred to people and policies that "conserved" what what was good in the current system, changing it slowly and carefully.

The Tea Party don't want to change things slowly and carefully.  They want to upend Government and see how the pieces fall.  No one says "Let's see if maybe perhaps we can start planning to cut back ten percent on the staff of the Deputy Under Assistant Secretary Secretary of Energy for Stifling Bureaucracy."  They say "Eliminate the entire Department of Energy."   That's not conservative; it's radical.


James C. Watson DC said:

I see a problem here !

The problem is definitions and what is a "CONSERVATIVE" What is a "Liberal" and what is a "Moderate"

The political spectrum is to simplistic and does not fit the real world.

http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz

Take the quiz  and see where you fit , Are you really one who believes in FREEDOM ? or are you an Authoritarian

WE ALL KNOW THE UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN OVERRAN BY BILL AYRES TYPE MARXISTS INSTRUCTORS AND PROFESSORS.  THEY USE THEIR LECTURNS AS PULPITS TO PREACH MAO AND THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO. THEY USE THEIR UNIVERSITY PRINTING PRESSES TO SPEW OUT THEIR SOCIALISTIC IDEOLOGIES.  EVERY ONE CONNECTED YO COLLEGE ACADEMICS KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT T IS FOR THESE PEOPLE TO BE PUBLISHED AND POSTED ON THEIR RESUMES WHICH THEY USE TO GET MORE MONEY.  THEY CARE NOT WHAT THEY PUBLISH AS LONG AS THEIR WORDS APPEAR IN PRINT. SCOTT EIDELMAN SOUNDS LIKE A POOR IMITATION OF BILL AYES.  BOTH ARE MARCHING DOWN A PATH TO PERDITION AND SHOULD BE IGNORED AND THEIR WORDS IGNORED.  PRAY GOD GRANT MERCY ONE THIER SOULS, BUT ALSO PRAY WE CAN REMOVE THEIR ILK FROM OUR HIGHER INSTITUTION BECAUSE THEY ARE POISONING THE MINDS OF OUR STUDENTS.

Baloney!

"tendency to perceive the world as threatening"  Liberal/Socialism IS Paranoia, SOMETHING Bad is Always happening.

"acceptance of hierarchy"  Liberal/Socialism stresses Dependence on Government (Conservativism doesn't).

The overwhelming 'constituency' of the Liberal/Socialist/Democrats are The Inner Cities.  Not known as havens for intellectual prowess or decision making garnering the most productive results.

In a Society where I.Q.s seldom reach Body Temperature, a man with an I.Q. of 115 is considered a 'Genius'.  Take Barack Obama for example. 

 

In Obama's case, what makes him a worse threat is that he's a narccist as well as a Marxist idealog. Narccists believe that they know all above everyone else.   Only their opinions are what counts.  Everyone else is too stupid to have an intelligent opinion about anything and thus those other opinions are dismissed as stupid.  If something goes wrong, it's always the other person's fault.  If something goes right, then the narccist takes full credit.  Sound familiar?  There must bea name for the medical condition of people (Democrats) who follow the footsteps of a narccist who obviously either doesn't know what he's doing OR is intentionally causing the ruination of this country.   The lay term would be "Sheeple" without a brain. 

My first instinct was to call you names ,like simple minded but you are the main stream and not alone!

Do you really expect those professors to show you their agenda and motive, if it is actually Marxist

The plan is incremental moves until you control the system. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School

Communist manifesto? ever here of it,

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.



harappan.man said:

Most University Professors Aren't Marxist.

I've been to several Universities, taken classes from about 100 professors, and never had one mention Marxism, Socialism, One World Government, or any other fantasies.  Most of them were good teachers and many were excellent researchers.  It is important to get published, and some professors publish BS, but I have yet to see a paper in mathematics or science that had anything advocating Marxism, Socialism, or anything of the kind.  Mathematicians and scientists care very much about the quality of what they publish because if it's not quality work they could lose their jobs.

I also read a lot of War College papers and some from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School.  Their professors also have to publish to keep their jobs.  Should we get rid of those schools too?

People who write stupid things about topics they don't understand embarrass themselves and waste the time  of those who read and respond to them.  I've wasted enough.



LEONARD WINTERS said:

WE ALL KNOW THE UNIVERSITIES HAVE BEEN OVERRAN BY BILL AYRES TYPE MARXISTS INSTRUCTORS AND PROFESSORS.  THEY USE THEIR LECTURNS AS PULPITS TO PREACH MAO AND THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO. THEY USE THEIR UNIVERSITY PRINTING PRESSES TO SPEW OUT THEIR SOCIALISTIC IDEOLOGIES.  EVERY ONE CONNECTED YO COLLEGE ACADEMICS KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT T IS FOR THESE PEOPLE TO BE PUBLISHED AND POSTED ON THEIR RESUMES WHICH THEY USE TO GET MORE MONEY.  THEY CARE NOT WHAT THEY PUBLISH AS LONG AS THEIR WORDS APPEAR IN PRINT. SCOTT EIDELMAN SOUNDS LIKE A POOR IMITATION OF BILL AYES.  BOTH ARE MARCHING DOWN A PATH TO PERDITION AND SHOULD BE IGNORED AND THEIR WORDS IGNORED.  PRAY GOD GRANT MERCY ONE THIER SOULS, BUT ALSO PRAY WE CAN REMOVE THEIR ILK FROM OUR HIGHER INSTITUTION BECAUSE THEY ARE POISONING THE MINDS OF OUR STUDENTS.

So let us cut to the chase

How many of the planks of the Communist manifesto are now in place in the USA?

Well let us take a critical look at them by number

#1  zoning laws and high property taxes and more and more acreage under federal control ?  [ check]

#2 progressive income tax [ tax the rich]  [ check]

#3 working in it

#4 working on it hard

#5 Banking  100% [check]

#6 yep  [check]

#7 DUH  GM etc. [check]

#8 take a look at farming nationally [ check]  remember Monsanto and ADM

#9 yep goes with #8 and getting there fast

#10 Government school with thought police  [ CHECK] 

So you don't believe that college professors had a hand in that ? 

And this topic calls CONSERVATIVES WEAK MINDED ?

Ever hear the story of 5 blind men describing an elephant ?

This is what this reminds me of.

I did not call you names, but I suggested you do not see the big picture !

In the year 2012 how many students are graduation from American Colleges with degrees in the following fields, Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, Geology, Chemistry,

Same Question but the degrees are Psychology,Sociology,Language, the many humanities degrees ET-AL ?

 

Which professors would be Marxist and which would be Capitalist or at least non-Marxist ?

So my point?

Statistically speaking your sample is flawed



harappan.man said:

Most professors aren't Marxist, and we need more professors, not fewer.

There are some professors who write Marxist papers just as there are some Tea Party members who are incapable of understanding them.  Most professors of my acquaintance either taught at military schools or teach technical topics at civilian ones.  None were observably Marxist.  

We need to encourage more Professors, especially technical ones.  Every year I judge an international contest in mathematical modeling.  Twenty years ago there were about 500 US entries and about 10 Chinese ones.  Now there are about 340 US entries and about 5,000 Chinese ones.  All of the Chinese papers are written in English.  Most are at least as well-written as the US ones.  The Chinese usually have about 75-90 percent of the winners.   Some years all the winners are Chinese.

You've got two choices.  Either support technical professors (and high school teachers) or teach your kids and grandkids to speak Chinese. That way they can get jobs assembling circuit boards for Chinese iPods.



James C. Watson DC said:

My first instinct was to call you names ,like simple minded but you are the main stream and not alone!

Do you really expect those professors to show you their agenda and motive, if it is actually Marxist

The plan is incremental moves until you control the system. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_School

Communist manifesto? ever here of it,

  1. Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.
  2. A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.
  3. Abolition of all rights of inheritance.
  4. Confiscation of the property of all emigrants and rebels.
  5. Centralization of credit in the banks of the state, by means of a national bank with state capital and an exclusive monopoly.
  6. Centralization of the means of communication and transport in the hands of the state.
  7. Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state; the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan.
  8. Equal obligation of all to work. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
  9. Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries; gradual abolition of all the distinction between town and country by a more equable distribution of the populace over the country.
  10. Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc.


harappan.man said:

Most University Professors Aren't Marxist.

I've been to several Universities, taken classes from about 100 professors, and never had one mention Marxism, Socialism, One World Government, or any other fantasies.  Most of them were good teachers and many were excellent researchers.  It is important to get published, and some professors publish BS, but I have yet to see a paper in mathematics or science that had anything advocating Marxism, Socialism, or anything of the kind.  Mathematicians and scientists care very much about the quality of what they publish because if it's not quality work they could lose their jobs.

I also read a lot of War College papers and some from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Naval Postgraduate School.  Their professors also have to publish to keep their jobs.  Should we get rid of those schools too?

People who write stupid things about topics they don't understand embarrass themselves and waste the time  of those who read and respond to them.  I've wasted enough.

That is not my point and you know it

My point is that there has been a shift in education away from the science and math and engineering, and the professors in liberal arts are in many instances true Marxist. To prove my point to you all I have to suggest is that you take a tour of a few colleges that are primarily liberal arts based. 

   

I have been to lectures at a local Liberal college and they are what we would call Democrat progressives AKA Marxist ! 

While I have some of the same goals as they do [anti-war Etc.] I believe in freedom and individuality. 



harappan.man said:

Does the Tea Party support Sharia Law?  We can't be sure.

Do you really expect those professors to show you their agenda and motive, if it is actually Marxist [sic]

I've seen this argument before.  It boils down to "Just because you can't see it doesn't mean they're not doing it.  It really really means they're doing it so widely and so well that you can't detect it."  

Using this argument I can argue that the Tea Party are all Socialist Muslims bent on imposing Sharia Law.  The fact that there is no evidence of this just proves that they are even more dangerous than I feared.  (And if they deny it, that proves they are liars as well.)


James C. Watson DC said:

...

Do you really expect those professors to show you their agenda and motive, if it is actually Marxist 

AS much as I agree with you on math and science, I believe that the most destructive is the shift away from history.  When dictators take over they shift and distort history so that lie to public and make them believe that what they are doing is the best for the country. This is what has happened here in the US.  The other item is the Constitution and I would dearly love to see a brief synopsis of Constitutional Law become requirement for all college educational degrees.  I know that would be pipe dream, but if you really want freedom and liberty, then our posterity needs to learn it.

I cannot agree with you more Akurian.  I was just trying to cut some slack, but your right.  It was Lord Batton that said those that do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.  We are doing the same thing today that FDR did prior to WWII, only today we a bogus money system to boot, with the Uncle Ben in control.
 
That Damned Akurian! said:

Joseph,

"The other item is the Constitution and I would dearly love to see a brief synopsis of Constitutional Law become requirement for all college educational degrees."

 

Why wait until then?  The Constitution should be MEMORIZED before getting out of the Fourth Grade!  Prior to the KAK Era of 'education' we were required to memorize multiplication tables, spelling, grammar rules, historic dates and the entire play if we had a role!

 
And we were taught to THINK instead of mentally blunder.  The dumbing down was by deliberate design and the SMARTENING UP had damned well better be the same way - by deliberate design - and thoroughly enforced.  If the teachers/educators we have can't or won't do that job:  FIRE THE BASTARDS!  Somebody can, and somebody will; we just have to DEMAND it rather than whine it ...

 


Joseph Steiner said:

AS much as I agree with you on math and science, I believe that the most destructive is the shift away from history.  When dictators take over they shift and distort history so that lie to public and make them believe that what they are doing is the best for the country. This is what has happened here in the US.  The other item is the Constitution and I would dearly love to see a brief synopsis of Constitutional Law become requirement for all college educational degrees.  I know that would be pipe dream, but if you really want freedom and liberty, then our posterity needs to learn it.

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Ahh, the joys of open borders and Democrat leadership.

California is not just a public toilet but now there is evidence that leprosy is on the rise in Los Angeles County.

Barack Obama changed US law in 2016 and allowed immigrants with blistering STDs and leprosy to migrate to the US.

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Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions).

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

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