There is a “new study”:http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2003/07/22_politics.shtml from UC Berkeley, located in a loony town which “opposed”:http://www.refuseandresist.org/newresistance/101901berkeley.html the US war against the Afghanistan. According to the study common psychological factors associated with political conservatism include:
* Fear and aggression
* Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
* Uncertainty avoidance
* Need for cognitive closure
* Terror management
“Shanti”:http://www.madhoo.com/archives/002658.php#002658 has a good rebuttal for this and says
bq. As you can see if you care to read the gist of the study, any study that compares Hitler, Mussolini and Ronal Reagan and says they were basically the same, you should be able to smell a huge rat. When there are aberrations to the study of course, like Stalin and other commie dictators, the study glosses over it and say they were conservative too. How fun! I thought that the hard-left ties itself into knots trying to tell us all what a ?worker?s paradise? Cuba is and how good socialism and communism are for us, if we would only listen.
Oooh I am frightened and need some cognitive closure.