Deconstructing Alex

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Events' started by DoctorJones24, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    OH
    http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/07/22_politics.shtml

    "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
    "From our perspective, these psychological factors are capable of contributing to the adoption of conservative ideological contents, either independently or in combination," the researchers wrote in an article, "Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition," recently published in the American Psychological Association's Psychological Bulletin."

    You can get the actual journal article here:
    http://www.wam.umd.edu/~hannahk/conservatism.html
     
  2. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
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    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
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    Damn it, I had such hope.
     
  3. mannyfreshstunna

    mannyfreshstunna New Member

    Feb 7, 2003
    Naperville, no less
    Liberals have no sense of self responsibility;it is always up to the other person,company,gov't etc to fix their imagined wrongs.

    Liberals believe in heavy gov't intervention in all forms of society;business, health care, housing, employment.
     
  4. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
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    Way to confirm the results of the study. Another own goal for Manny.
     
  5. CrewDust

    CrewDust Member

    May 6, 1999
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    Wow, an article from Berkeley that makes Conservatives look bad.
     
  6. argentine soccer fan

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    Jan 18, 2001
    San Francisco Bay Area
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  7. mannyfreshstunna

    mannyfreshstunna New Member

    Feb 7, 2003
    Naperville, no less
    Nope. If you want to stereotype, i will aswell.
     
  8. Roel

    Roel Member

    Jan 15, 2000
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    One can reprint all the stereotypes they want, but look at the facts.

    1. Bush is big government. Government spending has grown 18% in three years and we have a record deficit.

    2. Bush avoids personal responsibility. He has not owned up to his misleadership on Iraq, and has weaseled out of things.

    Bush is actually a "liberal."

    Also, I know a number of the faculty at Berkeley, mostly at Haas School of Business and at Boalt Law School. They are very smart, and rather conservative.

    How's that for some cognitive dissonance?
     
  9. Scoey

    Scoey Member

    Oct 1, 1999
    Portland
    I found this interesting:

     
  10. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I don't think I can possibly go slow enough for you, but I'll try:

    If you'd responded with a subtle, nuanced argument (I can't help but laugh imagining that), you would've refuted the study by doing what the authors claim conservatives don't do. Instead, you display (tenfold) the tendencies the study attributes to conservatives, thereby confirming the study. Hence the "own goal" comment.

    Now, you were probably thinking, "what's he talking about? I'm reading things on a computer screen, not playing soccer." See, that's called a "metaphor." A metaphor is a figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another. Here, your attempt to refute an argument but accidently confirming it instead is compared to a soccer player (say, Jeff Agoos) putting the ball past his own goalkeeper into the net.
     
  11. Smiley321

    Smiley321 Member

    Apr 21, 2002
    Concord, Ca
    Sounds Familiar

    So the Soviet Union was right all along, it is a pathology which can be treated in a psychiatric hospital

    yeah, you liberals get closer and closer to them each day. What defines the pathology of doing the same thing over and over and thinking that you'll get a different result?
     
  12. chibchab

    chibchab Member

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Jersey
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  13. SoFla Metro

    SoFla Metro Member

    Jul 21, 2000
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Re: Sounds Familiar

    I can't remember the exact terminology, but it manifests itself in massive tax breaks for the wealthy as a tool to grow the economy. It never works.
     

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