Part of the reason why I don't take college ranking systems too seriously is because UC Berkeley is consistently placed near the top of every list. And they put out drivel like this.

Politically conservative agendas may range from supporting the Vietnam War to upholding traditional moral and religious values to opposing welfare. But are there consistent underlying motivations?

Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:

  • Fear and aggression
  • Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
  • Uncertainty avoidance
  • Need for cognitive closure
  • Terror management
  • Go read The Angry Clam's take on the matter, and then grin wistfully at his picture from the Good Old Days.

    The Berkeley authors manage to lump Hitler, Mussolini, and President Reagan together, and then toss in well-known conservatives Stalin, Khrushchev, and Castro for good measure. Bah, go read the whole thing, it's very condescending. Oh no, we're not saying conservatives are simple-minded, they're just less "integratively complex".

    Conservatives don't feel the need to jump through complex, intellectual hoops in order to understand or justify some of their positions, he said. "They are more comfortable seeing and stating things in black and white in ways that would make liberals squirm," Glaser said.
    Or maybe we're just smarter than you, and your pathetic leftist "brains" can't even comprehend our mental processes.



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