Skip to comments.Cognitive Disonance on Conservatism
Posted on 06/30/2011 5:10:07 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
Since they dont really want to encounter any, academics keep striking out when they attempt to figure out conservatives. Berkeleys George Lakoff is the latest scholar to miss the boat, and the dock is getting crowded.
Conservatives dont dislike science or expertise inherently, Lakoff saysbut for them, these are not the chief source of authority, Chris Mooney, who interviewed the professor, writes in the July/August 2011 issue of The American Prospect. Instead, conservatives have a moral system based on a strict father model of the family, which is then exported to various other realms of societythe market, the government.
Lakoff is a congnitive linguist. Liberals, to Lakoff, are just different, Mooney writes. Science, social science, and research in general support an Enlightenment ethicfinding the best facts so as to improve the world and society and thus advance liberals own moral system, which is based on a caring and nurturant parent-run family.
Wait until you see what Lakoff views as a liberal weakness. Here also arises a chief liberal weakness, probably amplified by an academic training: constantly trying to use factual and reasoned arguments to make the world better and being amazed to find that even though these arguments are sound, well researched, and supported, they are disregarded or even actively attacked, Mooney writes.
Lakoffs ratemyprofessors.com ratings show that his students dont find him very nurturing. Here are a few of them:
Went in with high interest, now completely disenchanted, one reviewer wrote. Has huge ego, doesnt know how to teach. Calls on anyone raising hand, but instead of addressing question, will go on to talk about whatever he likes (often based on some keyword), sometimes even interrupting student to do so. Doesnt accept other points of view; and Hes self-important in the extreme: an ego to match his girth..."
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Liberal world-view: I am good in every way and you are a poopy-head.
Berkeleys George Lakoff
In addition to the preceding characterization of conservatives being inaccurate, this view of liberals also strikes me as wildly off-base. What about divorce, gay "marriage", etc., is the basis of a "caring and 'nurturant' parent-run family"?
Sounds like he is just another member of the idiocracy.
Socialism of any form, be it National Socialism or Gramscian Socialism or Fabian Socialism or Soviet Socialism or Sino-Socialism inevitably leads to death and poverty on a grand scale.
In light of this overwhelming empirical evidence how can anyone claim to be rational and still cling to the socialist ideal the way modern Progressives do?
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