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Disgust and Morals June 5, 2009

Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.

Interesting article popped up on Yahoo News this morning about how disgust motivates the conservative viewpoint.

Here are the first few lines:

People who squirm at the sight of bugs or are grossed out by blood and guts are more likely to be politically conservative, new studies find.

In particular, the squeamish are more apt to have conservative attitudes about gays and lesbians.

Lots of other research has tied politics to biology and behavior. Some quick background:

* A study last year found that when people feel physically clean, they are less judgmental.
* Another study found that political conservatives tend to be tidy, with organized offices, but liberals favor colorful, more stylish but cluttered spaces.
* Political views are driven by religion, culture and even biology, other research has shown.
* A large, global study in 2007 concluded that political preference is 50 percent genetic.

Grossed out by blood and guts? But yet not one pro-war conservative will ever think about the bloodshed involved with war. Granted, the U.S. kill ratio is phenomenal but the conservatives in power have destroyed over 4,000 U.S. lives, and perhaps 100,000 Iraqi lives. It does explain why they wouldn’t publish pictures of any of the scenes in Iraq or Afghanistan, or refused to cover the return of flag draped coffins. That would have eroded the remaining support for the neo-con agenda.

As to the neat and tidy thing, I call foul on that one. I know a solid Republican voter whose office is, quite frankly, a mess.


1. Onanite - June 5, 2009

An interesting study. I would have to disagree about the clutter issue too. Thanks for the article, very enlightening.

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