On Friday when Yahoo! linked the latest study designed to show conservatives in a bad light, I wondered if they had ever featured a study showing that liberals are angrier, less happy or less generous than conservatives. And I wondered if the “journalists” reporting the “study” ever considered the politics of those who conducted the study. (It does seem that the media give more prominence to studies critical of conservatives.)
Seeing this study made me wonder how determined so many on the left are to find some psychological factor that sets us apart politically. They want to explain away our differences so they don’t have to consider our ideas.
Why can’t they just accept that we come to our political ideas sincerely? Do they even bother to consider that we might have read widely and have thought long and hard about politics? Why are so many so determined to dismiss us as suffering from some psychological disorder?
It seems that in their very determination to so dismiss us, they are the ones suffering under some kind of delusion, that they are projecting onto us. Lest you miss my point, let me clarify. Those liberals determined to find something psychological factor which defines conservatives are those who may well suffer the disorders they wish to ascribe to us. Other liberals who believe that conservatives, like them, are sincer in their beliefs, do not so suffer.
I wonder how such liberals react to this raft of studies.
So, here’s an idea: can it with the studies and start confronting our ideas — on the level of ideas.