Skip to comments.Do Your Genes Make You a Democrat?
Posted on 07/11/2014 5:49:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Earlier this week in the New York Times, Thomas Edsall had an interesting column about new research on the connection between genes and political beliefs particularly those connected to social conservatism. But he dives a bit too deep into the gene pool (sorry) in his attempts to explain why humans tend to be so politically close-minded.
Specifically, referencing the work of researchers Amanda Friesen at Indiana University and Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz at Rice, he writes: If these [political] predispositions are, as Friesen and Ksiazkiewicz argue, to some degree genetically rooted, they may not lend themselves to rational debate and compromise."
But we already know that political debates dont lend themselves to rational debate and controversy and we dont need genetic explanations to understand why. There are all sorts of well-known psychological factors, from social influences to confirmation bias to motivated reasoning, that can help explain why we get locked into our political views and tend not to be open to changing them.
Sure, maybe, genes underlie these explanations and are therefore a factor.
(Excerpt) Read more at nymag.com ...
You know, like being born gay...
Genes have nothing to do with it. Intelligence, or lack thereof, determines the way people vote. Now, the people they vote for are a whole different breed.
Yep, just blame genes for every perversion.
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>> those connected to social conservatism. But he dives a bit too deep...
Excerpt take away:
Stigmatizing social conservatives is okay, but everything else is off limits.
My money’s on the parasitic organism toxoplasmosis gondi coupled with copious amounts of communist propaganda 24/7.
it’s not genetics.
it’s a process.
generally people are liberal when young, b/c they are naive and idealistic and have less exposure to the real world and are not fully responsible for their actions and their needs.
they get stunted and stopped at this stage, and don’t take the last step to full independent adulthood.
it’s is a developmental disorder.
Your genes probably do not make you a Democrat, but if your jeans are filthy, you don’t use deodorant, your hair looks like rats live in it, you are probably a Democrat.
I base my statement on observations I have made in and around Austin, Texas and then noticing that the individuals I just described tend to get into cars (most often Priapussies) with Obama or Wendy Davis (or both) bumper stickers on them.
If it’s genetic, then between abortions and the gay explosion they should make themselves extinct in a few generations.
My genes make me look fat...
I would say that a Y chromosome is a definite possibility.
If you have the “gay gene” they you most definitely will be a RAT.
Are you sure that 12 years of government schooling has nothing to do with being pro-statism aka liberal aka progressive aka socialist aka communist?
I can hear them now, "They can't hep it. They's born that way."
They should be careful what they wish for. Suppose a 'gay' gene is found and a prenatal test for it is created.
Would the left suddenly turn pro-life? I doubt it.
Would the Gaystapo join the pro-life movement and fight it out with the NAGs? Possibly.
Either way my popcorn futures would skyrocket.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
It’s not the genes, It’s the sinful, fallen nature of man.
sure does. but the real world has a way of breaking those stupid ideas. especially if people are honest with themselves.
I think a massive welfare state allows people to maintain the fantasy well beyond its normal extinction rate.
I think the way they’re raised has a lot to do with it. My ex had the most influence on my kids. They’re liberal. My cousins are all liberal and all of their kids are liberal.
Here are a few journal articles dealing with genetics and politics:
" Social Dominance Orientation: A Personality Variable Predicting Social and Political Attitudes," Felicia Pratto, Jim Sidanius, Lisa M. Stallworth, and Bertram F. Malle (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1994, Vol. 67, No. 4, 741-763)
"Are Political Orientations Genetically Transmitted?," John Alford, Carolyn Funk, and John R. Hibbing (American Political Science Review Vol. 99, No. 2 May 2005, 153-167)
"Genetic Variation in Political Participation," James H. Fowler, Laura A. Baker, Christopher T. Dawes (American Political Science Review , Vol. 102, No. 2 May 2008, 233-248)
"Political Attitudes Vary with Physiological Traits," Douglas R. Oxley, Kevin B. Smith, John R. Alford, Matthew V. Hibbing, Jennifer L. Miller, Mario J. Scalora, Peter K. Hatemi, and John R. Hibbing (Faculty Publications: Political Science.Paper 26, 2008)
"Left or right? Sources of political orientation: the roles of genetic factors, cultural transmission, assortative mating, and personality," Christian Kandler, Wiebke Bleidorn, Rainer Riemann (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2012, 102(3):633-45)
"The genetics of politics: discovery, challenges, and progress," Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott (Trends in Genetics, October 2012, Vol. 28, No. 10, 525)
NO. I have a family of cousins and one cousin and his wife are nutcase liberals. She was in the NEA for years, and all the others worked for private industry. The one lib thinks gov and unions is the answer. I’d hate to be at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners in that family.
The culture or environment, determine it.
Yup, got a number of those around the Loop 1 and 35th street. I used to work at Camp Mabry and there were many times some got the single finger salute from me. I've seen one Wendy Davis sticker in Lago Vista. It was on a Prius.
I love your attitude. We are in the last days, evil abounds, natural disasters have increased, good is bad, it is a wonderful time th Savior is coming. We are chosen to fight in the last battle for the souls of men. Most people are good deep down. There are three types of sheep, wolves and sheepdogs they fight to protect the sheep who would not hurt a soul. Be a sheepdog.
It is a beautiful time to be alive.
I may have been a Dem in my youth, but when I was watching excerpts from the 1972 Democratic National Convention (I was 17 at the time), my first comment was “Good Lord, the Communists have taken over the Dems.” Not old enough to vote, yet I had considered myself a Scoop Jackson Democrat and was repulsed by McGovern.
Unless there is a gene for being rational. And one side has it. And the other doesn't.
All Liberal's are either ignorant or evil. That's why there are so many of them. Conservatives must be [Rational AND Good] while Liberals need only be [Ignorant OR Evil.]
So it's like Good and Rational are recessive genes, and Ignorant and Evil are dominant genes. For example, most people with Good and Rational genes are 56.4 percent more likely to get audited, at least recently.
Anyway - it's a silly analysis. If you gave a two part test that simply combined part A: logic with part B: history, and connected the scores to genetics/voting, that's all you'd need.
When one man is arguing that a fish is a fish, and another argues that a fish is a penguin ... and neither will budge .... you can't call the fish/fish guy closed minded.
One is ignorant, or if he wants to get other people to believe it so he can fleece them, then he's Evil. The other guy just wants to be left alone ... with his fish ... that are ... fish.
So this is all very stupid. And that's not surprising, since it comes from the Times, where the readership is all either Ignorant or Evil or both. A corollary is that All people who are either Ignorant or Evil think they are Intelligent.
In simple terms, no.
Since I have a strong stubborn gene pool, where does that put me? Scot-Celt dominates it.
And being female does not factor in. I am a very fact orientated person, where voting is concerned and where my Country is concerned.
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