Skip to comments.Salon: Conservative brains wired for “mass hysteria” and “folk devils”
Posted on 07/30/2014 8:21:34 AM PDT by lifeofgrace
Salon claims, invoking science, that conservatives suffer mass hysteria and permanent paranoia", because conservative brains are wired differently. Im not making this stuff up, folks.
Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen Saddams WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obamas radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc. make it hard not to see conservatisms prudent risk avoidance as having morphed into a state of near permanent paranoia, especially fueled by recurrent moral panics, a sociological phenomenon in which a group of social entrepreneurs whips up hysterical fears over a group of relatively powerless folk devils who are supposedly threatening the whole social order. Given that conservatism seems to be part of human nature just as liberalism is were going to need all the help we can get in figuring out how to live with it, without being dominated, controlled and crippled by it. [emphasis mine]The last sentence in that paragraph really makes my side split trying not to laugh figuring out how to live with it like we need some support group.
Hi, Im Steve (Hello Steve!) and Im a conservative. I see folk devils. (The first step is to admit it!)
The post cites papers authored by John R. Hibbing. This guy must write Nancy Pelosis speeches because hes about as incomprehensible as she is. This is the kicker:
Hibbing is a political scientist at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, which has a political physiology lab dedicated to exploring the relevance of individual-level biological variations to political orientations and behaviors, which may well be the only one of its kind so far.Hibbings a political scientisthe isnt even a sociologist, psychologist, or even a cosmetologist. He knows less about the human head than my hair stylist. And hes talking about brain structure of conservatives, using such experiments as this:
The threatening images included a very large spider on the face of a frightened person, a dazed individual with a bloody face, and an open wound with maggots in it. The policy issues were support for military spending, warrantless searches, the death penalty, the Patriot Act, obedience, patriotism, the Iraq War, school prayer, and Biblical truth; and opposition to pacifism, immigration, gun control, foreign aid, compromise, premarital sex, gay marriage, abortion rights, and pornography.Dear God, hes reenacting A Clockwork Orange, with real people. The Salon article blathers on actually its 4,805 words, but I had to stop reading somewhere around the 1,200 word mark because the tears were staining my shirt. I kept wondering if this was satire, but no, they take it seriously. I think Ive found my new definition for mad scientist, and he lives in Nebraska.
I did, however, skip to the end, to see how the author capped of this journey into nuttery:
The fireworks today may be at the border or in Gaza, or Ukraine but meanwhile our goose is slowly being cooked by global warming, and conservatives have convinced themselves its all a liberal hoax. If that kind of thinking isnt wrong, then what is?If that kind of thinking isnt wrong, then what is?
How about this: using crackpot science with inhumane experiments to lead you to the same conclusions you believed in the first place. Liberals see themselves as the cool, collected, scientific, rational people in a world filled with frothing-at-the-mouth conservative paranoid haters. And they think conservatives are delusional?
The Left is looking in a mirror that they think is a window. Theyre only seeing themselves.
what a great name for a country band huh?
Trey Gowdy and The Folk Devils?
these people have been smoking way too much mareewhanna
One’s answer to this question dictates his world view: Do you believe man is basically good on the inside?
This from people who believe in Global Warming. Pfui.
Nothing to see here. Just move along and let us steal your freedom, wealth, families, life, etc.
Every Marxist, no matter what they say, is a would-be murderer underneath the cheap paint job.
QUIZ: Parody Or Actual Salon.com Article?
>> Conservative fears of nonexistent or overblown boogeymen Saddams WMD, Shariah law, voter fraud, Obamas radical anti-colonial mind-set, Benghazi, etc.
... whereas liberals fear guns, raysizm, global warming/cooling/whatever, heterosexuals, live births, constitutional freedoms, Christians — and, most of all, conservatives.
Pot kettle black.
Except it isn't. There's been no warming for 13-18 years depending on which set of fiddled data you use. RSS satellite data is probably the most accurate and it says no warming for 18 years -so who's the nutcase now professor ?
Wired brains - a progressive’s dream world.
Yep. Go read Michelle Malkin's Unhinged and it shows how literally insane the Left can be at times.
Suspicion is a natural survival mechanism. Curiosity prevents us from being frozen with fear. A balance of both is what allows true progress without rushing blindly to our destruction.
Mass hysteria - you mean, like global warming?
What then labels to give liberals, who continue to hold on to the same failed policies year after year? Especially in the face of economic and residency trends. How much more proof do these idiots need to show socialism has failed EVERYWHERE it’s been tried? That once-productive public schools, cities, neighborhoods are not just failures, but dangerous places?
Leftists are the deranged amongst us.
Wired differently, eh? If you want to see mass hysteria in Liberals, simply use phrases like “means testing”, “social security cut”, and “work for welfare”.
I do that every weekend, just so other people can observe the result.
It's fun, too.
What about libtard environmentalists who have a pathologic fear of economic progress, technological progress, and modern industrial civilization. And white libtards suffer from excessive guilt and bleeding heart pity, because their libtard brains are wired differently
Boy, Salon is really out there these days.
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