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Thursday, March 23, 2006

It's about Time They Admitted This

According to a recent study:

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

In other words, the kids who disagreed with everybody else turned into conservatives and the kids who went along with the crowd turned into liberals. We natural dissidents on the right side of the political spectrum are independent thinkers who refuse to follow the herd. We go beyond “trust and parrot” and …

OW!

I strained my arm while pattting myself on the back.

What's more, the study was done on only 95 subjects in a highly-atypical community and the correlation coefficient was a miserable 0.27. The reaction of liberals (that this low-quality study is proof that conservatives are toads) is more informative than the actual article.

Maybe I'm making too much of this.

Meanwhile, I'll keep my eye open for the actual article.

Addendum: I just remembered I've covered this same attitude before (but before it had allegedly-scholarly backing).

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