Monday, January 19, 2015

What Happens When We Mix Crazy, Evil, And Stupid?

The short answer is that we get a Conservative.

If you think that the Cons don't know that fear turns into hate for the intellectually challenged, I've got a bridge to sell to you -- and a comment by a pretty smart guy...

And there are some other pretty smart guys to explain why this happens...

"Can Science Explain the Rage, Reality-Denying and Distorted Thinking Patterns of Tea Party Radicals?"


"Liberals have had their suspicions about the source of all the rage and anger regarding the Tea Party Movement, but can social science finally lend some credence to them? According to author and journalist Chris Mooney, it can.

"Mooney sat down with Moyers & Company to discuss the seething rage and anger at the core of the hard right-wing movement, and how they differ in a sociological perspective from the rest of us. One of the most basic differences appears to be that conservatives in general but hard right-wingers in specific have a very different moral compass form the rest of us. 

"Citing from a Jonathan Haidt study on the psychology of politics, Mooney notes that liberals tend to feel more strongly about the moral foundation of 'harm.' Now, this moral foundation encompasses emotions that relate to empathy and compassion; according to Mooney, harm is 'measured by the question of how much someone is suffering and how much that suffering is a moral issue to you. How much is caring for the weak and vulnerable a moral issue to you?'

"He notes that the issue isn’t that conservatives lack empathy — although given their electorate and the actions of their legislature, I see no reason to think otherwise for the vast majority — it’s that 'they don’t necessarily feel it as strongly. They feel other things strongly...'

"'Harm' is just one of seven different morality types; the other six include 'Fairness,' 'ingroup,' 'authority,' 'purity,' 'economic liberty,' and 'lifestyle liberty.' (Above) is a graph comparing the three different identifications in this country — liberal, conservative, libertarian — charted out to show the responses in regards to the different morality foundation..."

But isn't hate kind of crazy, you ask?

"Multiple Scientific Studies Confirm: Extreme Conservatism Linked to Racism, Low I.Q."

racist tea party sign

"An article published at Psychology Today by Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D. of Millennial Media writes about the correlation between far right-wing conservatism, low intelligence and racism.

Saedi writes,
"Hodson and Busseri (2012) found in a correlational study that lower intelligence in childhood is predictive of greater racism in adulthood, with this effect being mediated (partially explained) through conservative ideology. They also found poor abstract reasoning skills were related to homophobic attitudes which was mediated through authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact."
"We checked the study Hodson and Busseri study, and the abstract certainly does say,
"Despite their important implications for interpersonal behaviors and relations, cognitive abilities have been largely ignored as explanations of prejudice. We proposed and tested mediation models in which lower cognitive ability predicts greater prejudice, an effect mediated through the endorsement of right-wing ideologies (social conservatism, right-wing authoritarianism) and low levels of contact with out-groups. In an analysis of two large-scale, nationally representative United Kingdom data sets (N = 15,874), we found that lower general intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood, and this effect was largely mediated via conservative ideology. A secondary analysis of a U.S. data set confirmed a predictive effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of intergroup contact. All analyses controlled for education and socioeconomic status. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice. Consequently, we recommend a heightened focus on cognitive ability in research on prejudice and a better integration of cognitive ability into prejudice models."
"A January 2012 article in the Journal Live Science also cites the Hodsdon-Busseri study,
"There’s no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb…Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice."
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This is what those bigoted nuts do...

racist renig

And here's another one...

racist obama treason

Thank God some of them aren't infecting our Congress anymore...

But finally, here is what happens when you mix crazy, evil, and stupid...


There are times when evil, crazy, stupidity seems funny...until you realize that some of them are in charge.

Conservative leaders aren't all that crazy, except for the Tea Baggers that are still running around loose.

But Conservatism has always been evil.

When a political "party" like the GOP has as its underlying cause, the rise of the rich to a place in absolute power with all of their wealth and income protected from taxation, then it's time to...

...criminalize Conservatism.  Joyce, Jnr.


"What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all.
How true that is."

Vice President Dan Quayle.