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Thursday, October 20, 2005

 Conservatism as psychosis

Please join me in welcoming Buridan's Ass to the BlogRoll. A fellow free-thinker, Buridan is always thought-provoking and cogent. Check it out, if your haven't already.

Thanks also goes to Buridan for reminding me of a study published a couple of years ago in the Psychological Bulletin by four leading scholars. The peer-reviewed study found:
Variables significantly associated with conservatism, we now know, include fear and aggression..., dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity..., uncertainty avoidance..., need for cognitive closure..., personal need for structure..., terror management..., group-based dominance..., and system justification....

These personality traits certainly seem common in the American intelligence community, where I presently work.

Hey conservatives! Criticize the study if you will, just make sure you read it first :)


Blogger Michael Gorsuch said...

I think you're on to something here... something we all think about, but just don't like to say ;-)

Conservatism seriously disturbs me. It all comes down to one man wanting to dominate another. It is the enemy of diversity (and I'm not talking about those useless quotas), which seems to say that they are the enemy of survival.

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