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Researchers spread liberal mythology
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 21, 2007 | Editorial

Posted on 09/22/2007 10:47:07 AM PDT by Graybeard58

To reassure themselves that liberals are smart, left-wing social scientists periodically conduct research that proves conservatives are Neanderthals. Their latest foray, by New York University researchers squandering $1.2 million in federal grants, concluded the usual stuff — conservatives are simpleminded, less adaptive to change, etc. — plus Ronald Reagan's brain worked like Adolf Hitler's and conservative drivers have difficulty finding their way home when faced with a detour. Their conclusions were based on research subjects' responses to reflexive tests, as if their ability to answer an either-or question correctly in a fraction of a second is predictive of their ability to think analytically.

Liberals, meanwhile, were found to be "relatively disorganized, indecisive and perhaps overly drawn to ambiguity" but "more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty." In another context, liberals would condemn stereotypes as racist, sexist or homophobic. But when sweeping generalities reflect poorly on conservatism, well, then they must be true.

But if liberals sort facts better and are good at discarding failed ideas, explain the War on Poverty. Talk about quagmires. This one has lasted more than 40 years and consumed $11 trillion without coming close to its promise to eradicate poverty. Despite irrefutable evidence that their calcified positions are destructive if not deadly, why do liberals also cling to "progressive" policies that chain people to their government, restrict gun ownership, kill unborn children and destroy families?

These and other liberal positions are consistent with the socialist world view, and socialism has failed every time it's been tried: Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, The New Deal, The Great Society, universal health care, etc. Today, the new darling of socialism, Hugo Chavez, is shuttering schools in Venezuela that refuse to use government-approved textbooks.

The dangers of socialism were manifest when economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek published "The Road to Serfdom" in 1944. Socialism, he wrote, exchanges individual liberty for state-dictated "fairness," which always conflicts the unalienable rights of free people. Even tentative steps toward central planning, redistribution of wealth and economic control inevitably lead to totalitarianism. "There can be no doubt that the promise of greater freedom has become one of the most effective weapons of socialist propaganda. But it only would heighten the tragedy if it should prove that what was promised to us as the Road to Freedom was in fact the High Road to Servitude."

His words are truer today than ever, yet liberals seem intellectually incapable of seeing the truth. That says a lot more about how their brains function than any contrived laboratory experiment ever will.


TOPICS: Editorial; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: leftismoncampus; liberals; myths

1 posted on 09/22/2007 10:47:09 AM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: oswegodeee; woollyone; Squat; SICSEMPERTYRANNUS; ECM; cardinal4; ishabibble; rellimpank; ...

Ping to a Republican-American Editorial.

If you want on or off this ping list, let me know.


2 posted on 09/22/2007 10:48:33 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

Another reason to end ALL Federal funding of Universities.


3 posted on 09/22/2007 10:48:51 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: Graybeard58
Despite irrefutable evidence that their calcified positions are destructive if not deadly, why do liberals also cling to "progressive" policies that chain people to their government, restrict gun ownership, kill unborn children and destroy families?

Socialism is a religion...I would say a cult....in many ways not unlike Islam.
4 posted on 09/22/2007 10:51:23 AM PDT by rottndog (Government is a necessary evil, but as with all evils, the less of it the better.)
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To: rottndog
Socialism is a religion...I would say a cult....in many ways not unlike Islam.

Exactly like a cult. Their leaders want to control other peoples lives.

6 posted on 09/22/2007 10:53:43 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

It’s been my observation that Liberals generally overpay to obtain inferior quality Mexican marijuana infused with animal droppings.


7 posted on 09/22/2007 10:56:59 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Graybeard58
["Liberals, meanwhile, were found to be "relatively disorganized, indecisive and perhaps overly drawn to ambiguity" but "more responsive to informational complexity, ambiguity and novelty."]

Kinda like children.

But then again, children's mistakes don't end up killing 200 million people. So there must be something else going on. Single-minded, delusional madness is most likely the case.

8 posted on 09/22/2007 10:59:10 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Graybeard58
Simple just follow the money!

Entire industries were created that exist off the dole. How else will we be able to provide jobs to all those liberal studies graduates. Where would they go if all the funds would simply dissapear tomorrow?

Liberalism is a self fullfilling prophecy. Those that have bought into this state of mind are so deeply invested in it that even if they see the errors in their ways (don't hold your breath it takes self-criticism to do so which is not in the liberal lexicon!) cannot turn back thus are more and more likely to spout liberal dogma. Without statistical proof, I would wager that there is a perfectly positive correllary between those that depend on gov't funding for their employment and the degree of liberalism they truely practice.

Bet's anyone?

9 posted on 09/22/2007 11:02:22 AM PDT by bubman
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10 posted on 09/22/2007 11:05:35 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Communists and socialists design “research” to support communists and socialists with taxpayer money.


11 posted on 09/22/2007 11:15:56 AM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: Graybeard58

Funny the liberal I encountered last night jumped all over me just for announcing an upcoming CAIR event.
He had no facts or”reality” in which to substaniate his fantasy of conservatives being “Nazis” and CAIR et all
being innocents.The opposite of course is true, proving once again that facts and reality are just meaningless
words to leftists.

Hey what happened to my brain when I rejected the leftist
idiotology that I once agreed with ?


12 posted on 09/22/2007 11:29:21 AM PDT by biscuit jane
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To: Graybeard58

Good article. Thanks.


13 posted on 09/22/2007 11:31:05 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: biscuit jane

If there were just one thing that I could make liberals understand it would be the fact that absolutely nothing is free ever. Somebody pays and when it’s taxpayers it gets filtered through government hands and an enormous per-centage of it is wasted.

I recently renewed a friendship (mostly on line) with a former high school classmate. She graduated number one in our class, so she was no dummy. She went to college and got a degree and now 44 years later, after a career in social services, she is one of the dumbest people whom I have ever met.

What happened to her brain? Liberalism.

Just one example. A few years ago she sent me an online petion to sign demanding that George Bush lower gas prices immediately. Sad isn’t it?


14 posted on 09/22/2007 12:02:16 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

When one sees and knows the truth, one’s mind is made up, therefore having a an ‘open mind’ is foolish.

Conservatives know the truth, so their minds are made up. While liberals aren’t sure about anything and their minds are fip-flopping mush ready to adhere to any cockamamie theory that fits with their idealistic hopes of the way things are or should be.


15 posted on 09/22/2007 12:24:29 PM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (LIBS = Lewd Insane Babbling Scum)
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To: muawiyah

Maybe years of smoking that ‘sh!t’ explains their thinking. And I do mean sh!t! LOL


16 posted on 09/22/2007 12:28:11 PM PDT by GoodWithBarbarians JustForKaos (LIBS = Lewd Insane Babbling Scum)
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To: Graybeard58

Stupidity and ignorance transcends politics.


17 posted on 09/22/2007 12:36:54 PM PDT by Kirkwood
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To: Graybeard58
"But it only would heighten the tragedy if it should prove that what was promised to us as the Road to Freedom was in fact the High Road to Servitude."

Liberals and leftists all over the world have abandoned the word "freedom" since this was written in 1944. Now it's just pure envy, with the promise to destroy the productive after they have been looted of their possessions. Sometimes, the destruction is via "progressive" taxation, sometimes a bullet.

In either case, the high priests of this religion live very well on the 80% of the loot they skim off for themselves before letting the rest trickle down to their "stakeholders".

18 posted on 09/22/2007 1:24:59 PM PDT by 300winmag
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“These and other liberal positions are consistent with the socialist world view, and socialism has failed every time it’s been tried:”

I remember hearing Rush say in an answer to this kind of statement; “Socialism has not failed every time, as long as you are one of those at the top” and this is exactly where the demonrat leaders wanna be.

They could’nt care less about the poor masses unless they get to be in charge.

JC


19 posted on 09/22/2007 1:38:53 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (What have you done today (not written or talked about) for your country?)
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To: Graybeard58

Just one example. A few years ago she sent me an online petion to sign demanding that George Bush lower gas prices immediately. Sad isn’t it?
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Not too long ago I read about a poll that asked people to rate the President on several factors, one of them was “managing the economy”. It is amazing to think that many people believe that it is one of the President’s functions to manage the economy. We have a very uniformed electorate today.


20 posted on 09/22/2007 1:47:28 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Does anybody still believe this is a free country?)
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To: Graybeard58
What liberals refuse to recognize:
(1)the global collapse of socialism
(2)the birth of plenty during the age of reason
(3)the steady rise in the standard of living of the average person in the capitalist countries since the age of enlightenment and the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Their irrational prescientific demonolgical worldview and their obsession with the rediculously flawed Marxist exploitation theory blinds them and makes it impossible for them to see the truth.

21 posted on 09/22/2007 2:15:22 PM PDT by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck.)
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To: biscuit jane
What happened? Well, it meant you saved a bundle on dope, Fur Shur.

They gotta' have it so they can't think anything out more than a couple of steps and get scared.

That's why they use that word "scare" all the time. They fear "scare".

22 posted on 09/22/2007 3:10:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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