Friday, October 21, 2005

You're a conservative? OK, that explains it.

An oldie but a goodie:

A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".

As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report's four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the rightwing talkshow host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.

And, as if to prove the very point that the study purported to show:

Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public funds for their research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Yeah, dammit. When we all know that it was a much better investment spending $70 million investigating Bill Clinton. Man, some people and their priorities.

This explains so much, doesn't it?

FOLLOWUP over at Buridan's Ass.


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