Originally posted by shavixmir
I was just leafing through the AD (a Dutch newspaper) and stumbled upon this article:
I nearly choked on my pretzel in joy.
What a great topic, I thought, for my first proper thread of 2012.
Not only do people with a lower iq-social-conservatism-and-prejudice-go-hand-in-hand/
Hands up who's a tory!
It is simply offensive to build a debate around the alleged stupidity of much of the population, easy though it obviously is. We have to start by accepting that the intelligence curve of any population not only follows a normal curve but is negatively skewed through the impact of misfortune. (Rarely does good fortune make people more intelligent, alas.) These are the people whose votes will determine elections and rightly so - we have to decide how to communicate with them and win their votes. ("We" of course live comfotably in the upper part of the curve, don't we? But not normbenign of course... )
A democrat wants a politics that includes the whole population as far as possible and hopefully benefits all. A demagogue exploits the ignorance of many to secure benefits for a minority. What is unpleasant in New Right politics is the exploitation of emotive and irrational rhetoric to confuse the masses into voting contrary to their own best interests, creating a vicious society for the benefit of the very rich. What is infuriating in the Left is that it seems to imagine the only way to communicate with the masses (whom they appear to despise) is by seeming to be right wing on many social issues - as indeed they often are these days.
In this link, writing about the same research findings, Monbiot points out that the problem is not primarily the stupidity of conservatives, but rather the inability of the progressive parties to articulate a platform which such people can both understand and relate to. "They fail to produce a coherent analysis of what has gone wrong and why, or to make an uncluttered case for social justice, redistribution and regulation. The conceptual stupidities of conservatism are matched by the strategic stupidities of liberalism."
In the sister thread to this one, Thread 144855, Moon 1969 wrote: My same experience. In Texas when I was a kid, "Republican" was a bad word. I didn't even know a Republican. It was about the working man, unions, work safety, fairness in the work place, compensation for work deaths and injuries, guns, hunting, land and oil equitable treatment for individuals, etc.
This is a nice, simple and easily grasped argument for voting Democrat. Gone are the days.. Gone too, I suspect, are the type of Democrat described here. Certainly in GB, gone are the traditional Labour Party.