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Let’s consider the headline, shall we?

Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study. Conservative politics work almost as a ‘gateway’ into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.

Well, perhaps I am less intelligent that leftists, after all there are some very bright people about. But I believe I will always be more intelligent than some Canadian academics! I blame the cold climate……

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24 thoughts on “WHY I AM LESS INTELLIGENT THAN LEFTISTS…

  1. Quite interesting stuff, although I dispute “right wingism” or low intelligence being the cause.

    “claims that right-wing ideology forms a ‘pathway’ for people with low reasoning ability to become prejudiced against groups such as other races and gay people.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2095549/Right-wingers-intelligent-left-wingers-says-controversial-study–conservative-politics-lead-people-racist.html#ixzz1lJKKmGIz4

    Just thinking out loud and”generalising” somewhat..
    It does seem to me that people from backgrounds/families where physical dominance (eg an aggressive father) controls how the family functions, are less likely to read much or discuss much.
    Children will always follow the example set, and either become victims and/or aggressors. The criteria by which they may then relate to the world will perhaps be control/submission/manipulation rather than reasoned discussion. Perhaps such people are more likely to accept the established social order, except where that order makes demands upon them that they are unwilling to meet or feel threatened by.

    Dislike of other groups will(perhaps) be regulated by that criteria, because they would be unlikely to want to discuss differences. I think
    The influence of Right wing or Left wing thought only counts when some degree of awareness and discussion of influence is present.
    I have noticed that
    a)leftish leaning family and friends have a tendency to champion underdogs/minorities/feminism and acceptance of all that differs from the norm.
    b) Get quite angry if you take a different pov, accusing you of being “judgmental” or “old fashioned”
    c) Don’t seem to realise that they are adopting the same attitude that they are accusing you of!

    It also seems to me that this championing of anybody and everybody – as long as they are “different”- inevitably leads to the need of more and more legislation, and therefore a more intrusive and controlling role for the State.
    Thus real freedom is diminished so that “freedoms” can be safeguarded. In other words, freedom can and must be defended, as long as it is state approved freedom..

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  2. The Canadian findings are so obviouly true that they really aren’t worth publishing, and we on ATW don’t have to look very far to find evidence of their accuracy every day.

    On the other hand, it remains a ceaseless source of amusement, especially in view of the contributions from the rightwing club here, to see the regular observations (each one thinking it’s highly original of course) to the effect that “lefties are insane”, “Leftism is a mental disorder”, “mindless Liberals” etc etc.

  3. “Conservative politics work almost as a ‘gateway’ into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics.”

    Could be, or it could be that prejudice against nonces, ponces and generally dodgy behaviour is the gateway to conservative politics. Who can say these gateway prejudices don’t exist?

    Afterall, the facts of history demonstrate that Leftism is the gateway to concentration camps, gulags, genocide, famine, eugenics and a hundred million dead.

    All in all, it’s best that we keep as much power over others away from as many people as possible.

  4. Agit8ed, I need to explain further? Sort of proves my point, don’t it?? 🙂

    As for the reasons: I think there is a kind of mind that instinctively goes for simple answers to complex questions, one that’s confused by the complexity of modern society and feels disoriented by modern life in general.
    They find their natural political home on the right.

    These people are unable to take part in and thus feel left out of the big discussions on politics, science, the economy or whatever. Simple minds hark back to simple times. They find comfort in and highlight national identity to counteract globalism where they generally lose out; the cover their lack of articulation by waving flags, repeating clichés and inanities and, above all, by hiding behind soldiers and military hardware.

    There are of course also enough dummies on the left, and many clear and clever heads on the right (and nice to see that almost all, from ATW, turned up on this thread). But the tendency is nevertheless there.

  5. Noel Cunningham –

    And then they vote Labour.

    A nice bit of academic, Leftist blather there. People do hark back, but then humans are inherently conservative. We like to live with and among our own kind according to our customs and traditions.

    It’s not so much prejudice but a most natural human defence mechanism. Family and tribe are our units. Yes, we’re tribal. Utopian always have and always will try fight nature and humanity. I wish they didn’t. It’s how they murdered hundreds of millions in the 20th-Century.

    You know I’m right. Even anti-imperialist, liberation movements are inherently conservative in this very way. Whether you’re middle or working class white Briton or a Third World guerilla, you want to live your way of life with and among your own kind.

  6. Noel,
    Good to see you resisted the impulse to slip into your usual “smartypants” mode!

    I mostly agree with this..
    “As for the reasons: I think there is a kind of mind that instinctively goes for simple answers to complex questions, one that’s confused by the complexity of modern society and feels disoriented by modern life in general.”

    but not with this..

    “They find their natural political home on the right.”

    I think my observations are more plausible than yours. I believe it has more to do with family influences than personal reflection.
    7For example, consider those found working for the state, especially states tending towards totalitarianism and employing imprisonment, informants, coercion.

    Are those people primarily attracted by political philosophy or the exercise of power?

  7. Pete,
    Good comment. I agree with you. In fact it IS one of the sad things about us human beings that our desire to be accepted can overrule our awareness of what is right and just, leading to a “mob mentality.”
    Human beings are capable of great kindness and great viciousness.

  8. Agit8ed

    I didn’t see your last comment. I have now replied on that thread.

    As for this report – have a look at Livescience which is where the DM took it from. It goes into some depth explaining the analytical method. While your interpretation regarding physicality may be an interesting theory, it doesn’t change the findings of this report.

    This report also ties in with research that showed rightwingers are more likely to a larger amygdala, while those on the left have a larger anterior cingulated cortex.

    The amygdala is responsible for fear and other ‘primitive’ emotions, the cingulated cortex is involved in emotion formation and processing, learning, and memory.

    So those on the right are thick and scared. Those on the left are clever, have better memory and better at handling their emotions.

    This is all pretty obvious stuff.

  9. I seem to have a comment that is stuck in moderation … is it because there are a lot of links in it, I wonder? Automatic spam protection …

  10. “Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, say academics at Brock University in Ontario, Canada.”

    In other news: “A study by academics at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has discovered that furry bears defecate in sylvan surroundings.”

  11. Well it’s not really news, is it.

    “I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.”
    – John Stuart Mill (1886)

    conservatism is a partially heritable personality trait that predisposes some people to be cognitively inflexible, fond of hierarchy, and inordinately afraid of uncertainty, change, and death. People vote Republican because Republicans offer “moral clarity”—a simple vision of good and evil that activates deep seated fears in much of the electorate. Democrats, in contrast, appeal to reason with their long-winded explorations of policy options for a complex world.
    – Jonathan Haidt (2008)

    http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/haidt08/haidt08_index.html (worth reading the whole thing, and the responses – not the article you’d expect from that extract).

  12. “In other news: “A study by academics at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has discovered that furry bears defecate in sylvan surroundings.”
    A left winger arranged for signs to be erected all over the Sylvan surroundings requesting “BEARS MUST NOT DEFECATE HERE”.
    They were bright enough to make the request in pictograms rather than assume the bears could read English…..

  13. p.s. pretty sure the study doesn’t say a damn thing about ‘leftists’ or ‘left-wingers’.

    (Ironically, it’s almost as if the Mail is trying to prove the theory by assuming that if you are not right wing then you must be left wing).

  14. Let’s see….Left-wing academics in Canada think the Right-wing political opposition is stupid?

    Only a dumb Leftist (Noel?) would give this article any serious thought.

  15. As someone once said liberals believe two things about intelligence:

    – There is no such thing as innate intelligence.
    – They have much more innate intelligence than anyone else.

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