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Veteran centrist pundit Thomas B. Edsall writes in the NYT opinion section:

Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. Discuss.
Oct. 20, 2021

By Thomas B. Edsall

Mr. Edsall contributes a weekly column from Washington, D.C., on politics, demographics and inequality.

Do liberals or conservatives experience higher levels of satisfaction, happiness or meaning in life? …

Two similarly titled papers with markedly disparate conclusions illustrate the range of disagreement on this subject. “Why Are Conservatives Happier Than Liberals?” by Jaime Napier of N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi and John Jost of N.Y.U., and “Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals, but Why?” by Barry R. Schlenker and John Chambers, both of the University of Florida, and Bonnie Le of the University of Rochester.

Using nationally representative samples from the United States and nine other countries, Napier and Jost note that they

consistently found conservatives (or right-wingers) are happier than liberals (or left-wingers). This ideological gap in happiness is not accounted for by demographic differences or by differences in cognitive style. We did find, however, that the rationalization of inequality — a core component of conservative ideology — helps to explain why conservatives are, on average, happier than liberals.

Napier and Jost contend that their determinations are “consistent with system justification theory, which posits that viewing the status quo (with its attendant degree of inequality) as fair and legitimate serves a palliative function.”

One of Napier and Jost’s studies “suggests that conservatism provides an emotional buffer against the negative hedonic impact of inequality in society.”

In addition, they argue that rising levels of inequality have “exacerbated the happiness gap between liberals and conservatives, apparently because conservatives (more than liberals) possess an ideological buffer.”

A very different view of conservatives and the political right emerges in Schlenker, Chambers and Le’s paper:

Conservatives score higher than liberals on personality and attitude measures that are traditionally associated with positive adjustment and mental health, including personal agency, positive outlook, transcendent moral beliefs, and generalized belief in fairness. These constructs, in turn, can account for why conservatives are happier than liberals and have declined less in happiness in recent decades.

In contrast to Napier and Jost’s “view that conservatives are generally fearful, low in self-esteem, and rationalize away social inequality,” Schlenker, Chambers and Le argue:

Conservatives are more satisfied with their lives, in general and in specific domains (e.g., marriage, job, residence), report better mental health and fewer mental and emotional problems, and view social justice in ways that are consistent with binding moral foundations, such as by emphasizing personal agency and equity.

Liberals, Schlenker and his co-authors agree,

have become less happy over the last several decades, but this decline is associated with increasingly secular attitudes and actions (e.g., less religiosity, less likelihood of being married, and perhaps lessened belief in personal agency).

They go on:

Conservatives generally score higher on internal control as well as the Protestant Work Ethic, which emphasizes the inherent meaningfulness and value of work and the strong linkage between one’s efforts and outcomes, and is positively associated with achievement. Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely to see outcomes as due to factors beyond one’s personal control, including luck and properties of the social system.

These differences have consequences:

Perceptions of internal control, self-efficacy, and the engagement in meaningful work are strongly related to life satisfaction. These differences in personal agency could, in and of themselves, explain much of the happiness gap.

Abundant social science evidence shows that people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems.

For example, in March 2020, Pew asked: “Has a doctor or other health provider EVER told you that you have a mental health condition?”

38% of “very liberal” women responded “yes” vs. 15% of “very conservative” women.

One possibility is that their politics stem from rational self-awareness of their mental health challenges. It makes sense for people who understand that they are emotionally and cognitively fragile to vote for politicians promising to tax the healthy and strong more to pay for a stronger social safety net for the ill and weak like themselves.

On the other hand, cold-blooded rational self-awareness of the kind that built Europe’s 19th Century socialist movements would not seem to be a hallmark of today’s American left.

Perhaps, instead, the mental health issues drive the politics, that wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?

You have to admit, that would explain a lot about current events.

 
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  1. Polistra says:

    Conservatives generally score higher on internal control as well as the Protestant Work Ethic, which emphasizes the inherent meaningfulness and value of work and the strong linkage between one’s efforts and outcomes, and is positively associated with achievement. Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely to see outcomes as due to factors beyond one’s personal control, including luck and properties of the social system.

    Conservatives take responsibility; liberals place blame.

    That said, both sides could stand to learn a tiny bit from the other.

  2. I don’t understand the question. Being far left in political opinion IS mentally ill, by definition.

    However, I was just about to write nearly the same thing, when I got to this:

    It makes sense for people who understand that they are emotionally and cognitively fragile to vote for politicians promising to tax the healthy and strong more to pay for a stronger social safety net for the ill and weak like themselves.

    Yep. I know people like this. Anyone who is very reliant on government handouts has a big reason to be on the left politically.

    The excerpt from Schlenker, Chambers, and Le’s paper makes a lot of sense too, as it’s also something I have observed.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @obwandiyag
  3. Thomm says:

    It is more that the left financially subsidizes and socially encourages various mental illnesses, so as to weaponize them politically.

    This draws the mentally ill towards the superficially sympathetic treatment they receive from leftism.

    That said, politics is a circle, and White Nationalists are also left-wing in many matters. Their economic views tend to be socialist, and many of them are gay (given that many of them, including here, openly say that having sex with a mulatto woman is worse than having sex with a white man). Being a gay socialist makes someone left wing, so WNs are often left-wing.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    , @Hannah Katz
  4. Anon[642] • Disclaimer says:

    A Pew poll isn’t “social science evidence”, Steve.

    For one thing, men (particularly of the right-wing variety) are less likely to go to the doctor and get diagnosed with a mental illness, because a.) nothin’ wrong with me and b.) only pussies go to the doctor.

    The preponderance of suicide in rural conservative areas, –Republican districts are the most suicidal–, suggests that it is the right wing that is “ground zero” of mental illness in America.

    And let’s not even pretend that 99% of this comment section would not be diagnosed with schizophrenia if actually evaluated by a doctor.

    • Troll: Lurker
    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Ed Case
  5. Anonymous[126] • Disclaimer says:

    Steve Sailer:

    “Abundant social science evidence shows that people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems.”

    I disagree with this very strongly. One of the things I’ve noticed is that most fringe movements of mentally ill people, especially mentally ill men, like MGTOW, Incels, anarcho-terrorists(think Timothy McVeigh), extreme libertarians that want to reduce human beings to atomistic beings with no ties with each other except for economics, anrcho-capitalists that believe that even security&murder should be private businesses, etc, tend to be right-wingers. They certainly don’t identify as leftists.

    I have a suspicion, though, of the reason why conservatives tend to rate themselves as happier: conservatives tend to be simpletons. They are not very intellectual, they don’t question things much, they have much higher rates of religiosity, tend to be more insular and dettached from problems that don’t affect them personally, while liberals tend to agonize over the sufferings of others, etc. I think that the general lack of empathy of conservatives, which is one of their most all-defining traits, halps them in being happier. If you are more empathetic and feel other people’s sufferings more, that is not very conductive to personal happiness. A psychopath, conversely, never suffers because he simply doesn’t give a damn about anyone but himself.

    In fact, Steve, this is an interesting question that you should investigate: is psychopathy more common among right-wingers? I think it is. The obsession with guns, the desire to serial kill animals for fun, the lack of empathy for those who are different from oneself, such as “foreigners” and minorities, etc, are all hallmark traits of psychopaths.

    I think that the evidence if overwhelming that conservatives suffer from mental illness to a degree considerably higher than liberals.

  6. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    EMJ thinks a lot of rabid liberal and feminist women have had abortions and their consciences haunt them. They have two choices: Christ and the Sacrament of Reconciliation or liberal politics, guilty conscience, and neurosis. The former are forgiven and healed (“ Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will be like wool.”) while latter deny Christ and become like Lady Macbeth.

  7. Anonymous[950] • Disclaimer says:

    I recall once complaining to a gay friend of mine about some woman I was dating at the time who was making herself a needless pain in the ass.

    My friend said, “well, what she’s doing is qualifiably neurotic, but then almost ALL women are neurotic.”

    Me: “I don’t think that’s true.…

    Him: “Stop and think of every woman that’s been in your life. How many of them were not neurotic?”

    I paused for awhile to think of everybody.

    Me: Holy… shit! I… I can’t think of ANYone!

    Him: Thank you.

    It’s a shitty premise to have in your head, and I try not to nurture the idea, to avoid cynicism and/or bitterness branded into my character, but… god help us it’s true. I allow for a ton of day-to-day neuroticism baked into almost all women so that my days aren’t spent in the grinder. The trick to having women in your life without eventually turning into an ugly facsimile of yourself is to pick your battles wisely and reluctantly.

    • Agree: Bridgeport_IPA
    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    , @Anonymous
  8. My typically male (engineering degree, etc.) brain finds comfort in competency, diligence, and self reliance. As long as I feel that I can still positively affect the destiny of myself and my loved ones, I’m probably going to be able to cope with a fair amount of adversity without becoming mentally ill. I can’t imagine how terrifying life must be to people who feel they have no ability to affect their future.

  9. Jehu says:

    I think the Archdruid has the right idea on the origin of wokeness. It’s the inevitable result of intense competition for cushy academia jobs, creating a ‘holiness spiral’.

    • Replies: @Feryl
  10. Art Deco says:

    Anyone who is very reliant on government handouts has a big reason to be on the left politically.

    I don’t believe Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries in old age are notably inclined toward the Democratic Party.

    One of Napier and Jost’s studies “suggests that conservatism provides an emotional buffer against the negative hedonic impact of inequality in society.”

    Academicians live and work in what are arguably the most stratified and status-driven institutions in the country. Observe the everyday behavior of professors and listen to their table talk. They are bothered by this only when their personal ox is gored.

  11. Art Deco says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Being far left in political opinion IS mentally ill,

    We live at a time and place where the most flagrant distinction between the lives of people on one side of the color bar and the other is the hypertrophied risk from criminal violence facing one side v. the other. So, we have a political party chock-a-block with people whose innovative idea is to reduce police budgets and to harass officers to such a degree that they work to rule and forget about results. That does suggest severe disorientation (or an unwillingness to admit to just what your objects are).

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
    , @Jack D
  12. @Achmed E. Newman

    Government handouts is great. You got a whole lot of government handouts you don’t even know about. I know this for a fact without knowing who you are. If you think you did it all on your own, you got another thing coming, sadly-mistaken one.

  13. I’ve always felt that left-leaning people are plagued by a type of OCD that pulls them into a subjective quagmire that prevents them from ever reaching logical conclusions.

  14. Anonymous[252] • Disclaimer says:

    Tbf, It’s 38% of “very liberal” white women, only 19% of “very liberal” white women reported having mental problems. Interestingly both the white and non-white “very conservative” women reported exactly the same result of 14.8% of them reporting mental problems. “38% of “very liberal” women responded “yes” vs. 15% of “very conservative” women.”

    • Replies: @Brutusale
  15. Charlotte says:

    I don’t believe Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries in old age are notably inclined toward the Democratic Party.

    Many don’t consider these benefits “government handouts,” after all, they paid taxes to fund these programs throughout their working years. They would be outraged at the suggestion they live on government handouts. It’s the idea of getting something for nothing that distinguishes a handout.

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman, Charon
    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  16. “Perhaps wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?”

    The evidence is overwhelming.

    • Replies: @Ed Case
  17. Polistra says:
    @Art Deco

    I don’t believe Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries in old age are notably inclined toward the Democratic Party.

    Add “handouts” to the list of things you don’t understand.

  18. Thea says:

    Abundant social science evidence shows that people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems.

    Chicken or egg?

    As with living in big cities, there exists a feedback loop with no beginning and no end.

  19. “people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems”

    These women have also fallen under the spell of the world’s most successful parasite: dogs. Goodbye cat ladies; hello crazy as a craphouse rat dog moms.

    “that wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?”

    Yes, it is. The craphouse crazy broads are a given. It’s the wokian effeminate dudes in their 20s and 30s who aren’t gay that I find the most disturbing.

  20. @Art Deco

    So far it’s only me, you, and Achmed in the iSteve Clubhouse. Do you guys want to play Clue?

  21. @Art Deco

    Social Security and Medicare aren’t handouts. You paid for them with your payroll taxes over many working years. That’s why older folks tend to go Republican. Granted there are exceptions for the disabled and both systems are not sustainable unless major changes are made.

  22. This is why I scoffed when liberals claimed James Hodgkinson, the ball field shooter who maimed Steve Scalise, was a nut. No, he’s a typical Democrat. Own him, he’s one of yours.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  23. Mactoul says:

    Socialists were never cold-minded or rational, even in 19C. You need to read Dostoevsky, especially his lesser read book The Posessed to get a flavor of 19C Russian socialism.

    • Agree: Carol
  24. Roger says:

    Right-wingers tend to accept nature as it is. If there has always been inequality and poverty, then right-wingers might assume that these are facts of life that cannot be fixed.

    Left-wingers are often proclaiming how things ought to be, even if those things are impractical.

    The 12-steppers say that we will be happier if we accept what we cannot change.

    Maybe this is why conservatives are happier.

    • Agree: Hugo Silva
    • Replies: @nokangaroos
  25. One of Napier and Jost’s studies “suggests that conservatism provides an emotional buffer against the negative hedonic impact of inequality in society.”

    What could possibly be the “mechanism of action” of this mysterious emotional buffer? Let me suggest one possibility.

    Conservatives figure out that God distributes IQ, grit, talent, social skills and luck in a non-uniform manner. They discover this early in life, typically by the third grade, and get over it.

    Leftists either never discover these facts or having discovered them, developed a hatred of God, their fathers or the world in general. This failure to come to grips with the real world leads to failure in life, unhappiness and voting Democrat.

  26. I have noticed this phenomenon among liberals for years, going back to The Sixties. Liberals are famous for trying to square the circle and building castles in the air, a hallmark of chronic neurosis–if not full-blown psychosis. The problem is that as a result, they are making everybody else nuts!

  27. Anonymous[120] • Disclaimer says:

    Another factor is that liberal/left women are the primary demographic that seeks out and embraces “mental health” services and therapy as a proxy or replacement for traditional social/emotional support systems like religion, family, etc. So in the past these women would’ve been forced to go to church with everybody else and told that they’re sinners, not pious enough, to be more faithful. Now they go to mental health professionals and therapy and are told they have this or that mental health issue.

    Conservatives tend to have 2 modes: 1 is personal agency/responsibility, the other is a kind of Stoicism/fatalism that makes them bear negative outcomes privately or rationalized as a part of a larger divine plan.

  28. wokeness is the politics of female mental illness

    Fact check: true.

    It makes sense for people who understand that they are emotionally and cognitively fragile to vote for politicians promising to tax the healthy and strong more to pay for a stronger social safety net for the ill and weak like themselves.

    It does, if they have a superficial, short term and materialistic rationality, because if they vote for those people they are also voting for the people who will exacerbate all the conditions that aggravate their mental illness, and will ultimately pull down the society they hope to sponge off. But yeah, there are a lot of people who think that way, consciously or unconsciously. I know some of them.

    Napier and Jost contend that their determinations are “consistent with system justification theory, which posits that viewing the status quo (with its attendant degree of inequality) as fair and legitimate serves a palliative function.”

    One of Napier and Jost’s studies “suggests that conservatism provides an emotional buffer against the negative hedonic impact of inequality in society.”

    In addition, they argue that rising levels of inequality have “exacerbated the happiness gap between liberals and conservatives, apparently because conservatives (more than liberals) possess an ideological buffer.”

    Napier and Jost are clearly just running an ideological script, or at best, using very old data. All of the current inequalities (economic, legal, cultural, etc.) run very heavily against conservatives and for liberals, so unless Napier and Jost are saying that conservatives happily concede their dispossession while liberals miserably accede to victory (which might arguably be true, but I don’t think they’re saying this), their argument doesn’t make sense.

  29. The ability to accept that reality doesn’t care about your desires seems to be a factor, too. A lot of the hysteria about, say, climate change is driven by a belief that the weather is supposed to be wonderful all the time. Serious droughts, floods, snowstorms, all is supposed to be in the past, not happening now.

  30. Thoughts says:

    I think ‘concocting a mental illness’ is as much of a requirement to be a Demoncrat as taking the vaccine is.

    You aren’t a true liberal until you suffer from Anxiety.

    There’s no such thing as ‘Anxiety’ there is however thinking way too much of yourself and being a c**t…anxiety allows one to go on Instagram and talk about how tough you have it…victimhood…right before you start online shopping again or show off one of your fashion hauls while sitting on the couch under your weighted blanket

  31. @Art Deco

    How do you know about the political views of Medicare recipients? Social Security is thought of as “that savings plan that I was forced to put my money in”by most recipients (yeah, like it was all sitting in an account for them), so most don’t see that as a hand-out.

    Mentally people get lots of subsidies and freebies. I have seen it. They are usually not mentally ill enough to bite the hand that feeds them.

  32. Always struck me that leftism seems to be mainly about envy.

  33. Ian Smith says:
    @Larry, San Francisco

    Economic leftism is about envying people above you. Social leftism is about sneering at people beneath you.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  34. Anon[100] • Disclaimer says:

    Too bad Leni Riefenstahl is not around any more. She could make a movie about today’s politics called “Triumph of the Ill.”

  35. newrouter says:

    ” that wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?”

    Witch Hunting

    https://thezman.com/wordpress/?p=25479

    • Agree: Bill Jones
  36. @Larry, San Francisco

    Friedrich Nietzsche had a similar thought. He called this phenomenon, ressentiment. Valuable insight, check it out.

  37. Steve

    Geneticist Oliver Penrose, the father of Noble Prize Winner Roger Penrose, wrote a controversial yet very interesting paper back in the day on the mentally ill….go do some googling….

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  38. Anonymous[387] • Disclaimer says:

    wokeness is the politics of female mental illness

    What is the politics of male mental illness?

    • Replies: @kaganovitch
  39. Steve,

    OT, but perhaps of interest to you. A top Florida official invites In-And-Out Burgers to consider relocating to Florida in the wake of another mandated closure for not complying with California state Covid vaccination verification policy.

    https://www.cryptogon.com/?p=62643

    Let’s go, Nuisance!

  40. We did find, however, that the rationalization of inequality — a core component of conservative ideology — helps to explain why conservatives are, on average, happier than liberals.

    How exactly did you find that?

    They don’t seem to realize that their interpretation is politicized. If the opposite were found the same authors would take it as proof that liberals have the correct ideology. Unhappy? Oh well they are just depressed with their burden of facing inequality. Conservatives are only happy because they avoid inequality! It’s not that dog owners are happier, it’s just that cat owners have more burden due to having the more satisfying life.

    I could just as easily suggest that liberals are unhappy because they have unrealistic views of inequality which leads to disappointment.

    Liberals are more likely to believe that racial inequality is artificial in nature. Thus conservatives are more in touch with realistic expectations.

    Clearly the problem is that liberals are trying to fix a false reality.

    These types of studies are a waste of time. Here is a better test: Hook up both liberals and conservatives to a lie detector test. Then ask questions about race.

    • Replies: @Moses
  41. @Achmed E. Newman

    How do you know about the political views of Medicare recipients? Social Security is thought of as “that savings plan that I was forced to put my money in”by most recipients (yeah, like it was all sitting in an account for them), so most don’t see that as a hand-out.

    Medicare recipients on paper are split but Democrats in numerous elections have gotten them to go majority Dem by suggesting that their benefits are at risk.

    Mentally people get lots of subsidies and freebies. I have seen it. They are usually not mentally ill enough to bite the hand that feeds them.

    Some talk show host a while back found that Democrats were escorting mental patients to polling stations.

    • Replies: @TWS
  42. Mike Tre says:
    @Art Deco

    Those benefits are paid into one’s entire working life. Welfare, free housing, and EBT cards are not. See the difference?

    • Replies: @Recently Based
  43. Wonder how these results look if you cut them by socioeconomic levels. Why are highly successful liberals less happy? Is it worse to believe your own success is because you were positioned to succeed in an unfair system?

    I think the tradcon explanation of people’s success is at least as dumb as the liberal explanation. As if some iq 85 black from the ghetto could just use good old fashioned Protestant work ethic to get himself a first rate college degree. There is plenty that you don’t choose and you don’t have control over that determine your success and quality of life. Did you choose not to be born during the Black Plague? Did you choose not to be born with iq 80? I am not a determinist. I think free will is real and that we impact our lives through choices, but science is clear that we work under substantial neurological constraints and that we are not on equal footing.

    Yes, you can choose to marry a responsible spouse and work hard and save and provide for your family. But if you are an iq 85 black all of that is an uphill battle. The same time preference does not occur to such people. The same instinct to wait for a long term partner to have a child does not occur to them either. We don’t choose to have the right instincts.

    Anyways, fwiw, I consider myself a very happy person in life.

    • Agree: ScarletNumber
  44. There is a peace of mind that comes with not having to constantly perform mental gymnastics in order to defy reality.

    It’s easier to cut with a razor than a butterknife, as it were.

    • Agree: Ron Mexico, Rob McX, JR Ewing
  45. Why doesn’t the association hold for Non-Whites?

    Presumably, having to internalize anti-White ideology is not good for one’s mental health. Especially if one is female.

  46. Anon[266] • Disclaimer says:

    Happier people are more able to help themselves. They show up for job interviews, and they don’t quit jobs for stupid reasons. They don’t go out of their way to look like an unemployable freak because they don’t have a mental disorder than expresses itself in tattoos, piercings, and pink hair.

  47. Envy is considered a sin for a reason. Our ancestors discovered a long time ago that giving in to envy leads no where good. I guess we will have to learn this again.

  48. For example, in March 2020, Pew asked: “Has a doctor or other health provider EVER told you that you have a mental health condition?”

    38% of “very liberal” women responded “yes” vs. 15% of “very conservative” women.

    Selection bias. Conservative women are less likely to need a doctor in the first place.

    by Jaime Napier of N.Y.U. in Abu Dhabi and John Jost of N.Y.U.

    NYU in Abu Dhabi? WT🦭?

    I wonder if she’s related to this white supremacist:

  49. Rob says:
    @Almost Missouri

    Steve is wont to point out that journalist-activist (is there a difference these days) work on the unstated dogma that 1965-2018 never happened. No one tried “self-esteem for dumb blacks” no one tried AA to make sure every black college student was the dumbest person in every small class she took. No one tried emptying the jails. No one tried empowering the ghetto. No one tried welfare for unwed mothers and their bastards. No one tried shaming conservatives. No one tried integration. The behavior of integrated blacks did not ethnically cleanse white people from fantastic real estate. No one tried post-college AA, putting blacks in jobs where they would be the dumbest person who ever held the job in that organization — unless some other black had that honor.

    On non-black topics. No one ever tried eco-activism that covered for eco-terrorism. No one ever tried to bias school and the SAT in favor of girls. Jews have not been the dominant ethnicity of the post-graduate (law, med, P.h.D) set. No one ever tried exporting industries to punish formerly D voters.

    I’m not particularly into history, so I am sure there are dozens more. Honestly, though, race is the dominant theme of the left and has been ever since Red Jews discovered that the American working class (used to) aspire to middle-class respectability — they still would, but the capitalist class has them to the extent that comfort is not a realistic dream for most.

    [MORE]

    There are things that the left did not try before: turning blacks into a nihilistic revolutionary army. An American Democratic Kampuchea. What is the point of telling black kindergarteners and first graders that America throughout history has burned black children alive? Even if that were true, the Montgomery church bombing on which this “factual educational content” is based — they are very good at “not lying”— is not appropriate content for six-year-olds.

    They did not try teaching white children that they are inherently evil because they are white (no way this could backfire! “All whites are inherently racist Nazis” is a very, um, poorly thought out educational message from the perspective of Jews, from whom the message originates. Especially for people who think so many young black men are criminals because society tells them they are criminals. Jews have always had a very uneven “theory of mind” concerning white Gentiles. It comes from being selected to assess who is a good victim for usury, I assume. Perhaps our TOM of them is equally poor, but they don’t have to try to gin up a genocide. They had a really good situation in 85% of American America. They can just make Aaliyah. If things go south, they will, so, no real risk, right?

    The left has never tried genocide-scale population replacement. It is one thing for the permanent, unelected government to say “enforcement and prosecutorial discretion” and ignore the immivasion. It is quite another to bus unvaccinated illegals to red states far from the border to release them among the hated enemy. It is also another thing to violate black letter law and give illegals get of jail free cards and ID numbers so they can exploit, I mean interface with, institutions. It is far and away a worse thing to rule that the next President cannot rescind the previous prez’s illegal executive order. Do federal judges want their last thoughts to be “I would be retired and golfing instead of swinging from this lamppost had I just been more pro-American in my rulings.”?

    The left has never before been absolutely unwilling to compromise on a single issue, except a higher minimum wage — cannot encourage the Bernie voters. Not only unwilling to compromise but unwilling to countenance setbacks, like having things rolled back a decade by the Trump Presidency. The unspoken, but nevertheless the true cause of the “Insurrection” was the total failure of populists playing by the rules. We elected Primary Candidate Trump. We got a tax cut for prog billionaires. Then we got a very irregular election. One candidate filled stadia with adoring supporters. The other never left his basement. CNN and MSNBC, and I am assuming the broadcast news, had not a single guest during the entire campaign who was not shilling for Biden.

    They took, I forget was it only a week to count the votes? I remember in 1992, maybe, the Mexican vote-tallying computer (network?) went down for an hour or two, maybe longer, while the opposition candidate was well ahead. When the computer came online, a miracle had occurred. PRI was no ahead! PRI won the election. Here’s the thing every American media organization knew the election was stolen. They did not have proof, as was demanded of the R’s in 2019, demanded even though every single judge refused to hear any preliminary evidence. Meanwhile, what was the proof for the media frequently repeated assertion that “this was the most secure election in American history”? They had not been reporting throughout the campaign that the election was the bestest ever. That, regardless of who won, the election was pristine, and the will of the voters could not be in doubt. Biden or Trump, the winner was the legitimate President. That they only brought out the repeated assertion, dare I call it the “Big Lie” that the election was the most secure ever when Biden won after a week of very suspicious vote-finding, is in itself “very suspicious. Even in the near-civil war/revolution days of the 1970s, they let Nixon win.

    In general, I think the broad outline of the American Revolution, mark II is pretty clear. The Jewish revolutionaries were cockblocked in the seventies. There were just too many Americans loyal to the memory of the Olde America of their ancestors. The working class had too high a standard of living and too many assets to support the “anything is better than this“ situation that revolution requires. Once the Vietnam War draft ended, and then the war, the revolting youth lost interest in revolution. But the left was not getting their way! Thus, liberals and Jews decided to March through the institutions. They got anti-discrimination and civil rights legislation and immediately weaponized them against patriots. A late example of this was James Watson. He stated, as I am sure no iStever needs reminding, that all available data says Africans are less intelligent. He got shitcanned at Cold Spring Harbor, which had itself been a cold spring of the eugenics movement. The reasoning was that no one who realized the truth could avoid discriminating against blacks. The truth is no defense.

    They decided that no law against immigration would ever be applied wholesale. Every single Mexican got a trial, endless appeals, (I assume) free lawyers, a sympathetic judge, and, if all that failed and he was ordered deported, he had the option of just wandering off into the ever-burgeoning formerly and currently illegal Mexican population. His kids are would-be citizens. Endless terrible, evil court decisions. Schools cannot confirm citizenship being the worst. It was all done exploiting a conservative weakness. Cons never said, “this is in our interest as whites, therefore we support it.” They only argued principles. With leftist control of education, all the principles conveniently favored them. There is also the cons preference for L&O, and many cons supported their dispossession as “as long as it’s done legally.” That’s a big difference between cons and populists. Populists don’t care if the scabs came “legally” or not, they just want ‘me gone.

    Another comment was too long that veered off-topic. I will just stop here.

    • Replies: @Pericles
  50. Dutch Boy says:

    I am well aware that chance and injustice as well as one’s own efforts play a part in one’s prospects in life. That is the way of the world and always has been. I just keep plugging and let the chips fall where they may (i.e., I am an adult).

  51. Stogumber says:

    I completely agree with Napier and Jost that “conservatism provides an emotional buffer against the negative hedonic impact of inequality in society.” But this concerns above all the many conservatives who would, if they were liberals, have a “negative hedonic” reaction to the fact that there are other people richer as them. Being conservative, I can look at the wealth of my neighbours without emotional pain.
    Perhaps this is what Napier and Jost wanted to say really?

  52. @Anon

    That’s a good one. I may use it someday.

  53. Abundant social science evidence shows that people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems.

    For sure. A lot of them believe in things like astrology and ghosts too. Tons of them become teachers.

  54. Anonymous[218] • Disclaimer says:

  55. HA says:
    @Steve Sailer

    “That’s a good one. I may use it someday.”

    No, I predict you’ll skewer her other follow-up, “Triumph of the Till”.

  56. @Larry, San Francisco

    Much of what is perceived as racism by those affected by it is mostly about a deep seated feeling of inadequacy, a character flaw known as an inferiority complex, in the language of the 20th century.

  57. Anon[126] • Disclaimer says:

    Emmett Rensin in Vox did a good job of ridiculing left-wingers obsession with scientifically proving right-wingers are defective in some way:

    The smug style in American liberalism

    https://www.vox.com/2016/4/21/11451378/smug-american-liberalism

    Over 20 years, an industry arose to cater to the smug style. It began in humor, and culminated for a time in The Daily Show, a program that more than any other thing advanced the idea that liberal orthodoxy was a kind of educated savvy and that its opponents were, before anything else, stupid. The smug liberal found relief in ridiculing them.

    The internet only made it worse. Today, a liberal who finds himself troubled by the currents of contemporary political life need look no further than his Facebook newsfeed to find the explanation:

    — Study finds Daily Show viewers more informed than viewers of Fox News. [This and the following claims are linked to articles summarizing studies.]

    — They’re beating CNN watchers too.

    — NPR listeners are best informed of all. He likes that.

    — You’re better off watching nothing than watching Fox. He likes that even more.

    The good news doesn’t stop.

    — Liberals aren’t just better informed. They’re smarter.

    — They’ve got better grammar. They know more words.

    — Smart kids grow up to be liberals, while conservatives reason like drunks.

    — Liberals are better able to process new information; they’re less biased like that. They’ve got different brains. Better ones. Why? Evolution. They’ve got better brains, top-notch amygdalae, science finds.

    The smug style created a feedback loop. If the trouble with conservatives was ignorance, then the liberal impulse was to correct it. When such corrections failed, disdain followed after it.

    The studies, about Daily Show viewers and better-sized amygdalae, are knowing. It is the smug style’s first premise: a politics defined by a command of the Correct Facts and signaled by an allegiance to the Correct Culture. A politics that is just the politics of smart people in command of Good Facts. A politics that insists it has no ideology at all, only facts. No moral convictions, only charts, the kind that keep them from “imposing their morals” like the bad guys do.

    Knowing is the shibboleth into the smug style’s culture, a cultural that celebrates hip commitments and valorizes hip taste, that loves nothing more than hate-reading anyone who doesn’t get them. A culture that has come to replace politics itself.

    The knowing know that police reform, that abortion rights, that labor unions are important, but go no further: What is important, after all, is to signal that you know these things. What is important is to launch links and mockery at those who don’t. The Good Facts are enough: Anybody who fails to capitulate to them is part of the Problem, is terminally uncool. No persuasion, only retweets. Eye roll, crying emoji, forward to John Oliver for sick burns.

    Emmett’s dad wrote the definitive biography of 1950s California surfer Miki Dora.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  58. D. K. says:
    @Steve Sailer

    “Triumph of the Shrill” would be more inclusive.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  59. Anon[266] • Disclaimer says:

    One thing about leftism is that it is the politics of choice for the class-mobile. If you’re trying to claw your way up the ladder or sliding down it, you suddenly become all about the state giving you a helping hand.

    People who are content to stay in their class are more likely to be conservative.

  60. Anonymous[190] • Disclaimer says:

    Perhaps, instead, the mental health issues drive the politics, that wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?

    You have to admit, that would explain a lot about current events.

    What does this even mean?

  61. @Steve Sailer

    Case in point, leading German politicians, Social Democrats and Greens, among the the former Minister of Foreign Affairs… 😢

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Et0FflTXUAAd0AO?format=jpg&name=medium

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiko_Maas

  62. @Steve Sailer

    Too bad Leni Riefenstahl is not around any more. She could make a movie about today’s politics called “Triumph of the Ill.”

    That’s a good one. I may use it someday.

    You can’t spell “Triumph” without T-r-u-m-p.

  63. If mental illness is a cocktail of extreme emotions, confused thinking, and reality denial to the point of absurdity, then the Left is mentally ill.
    It is an unhappy experience for them and for the rest of us who have to live with them.

  64. I once read that depression evolved as a way to create reassessment of a situation – via introspection – as a response to failure. For example, slightly depressed people tend to be more accurate in certain types of self-assessment. Somewhat related is the idea that postpartum depression evolved as a way for women to objectively assess the viability of raising their child and prepare them for infanticide if necessary.

    Returning to politics, broadly speaking the left basis policy on an ideal world (and ideal human nature) they want to create. The right basis policy on the world’s (specifically humanity’s) natural limitations.

    Trying to will the world – ie human nature – to some kind of utopian ideal is bound to lead to depression and other forms of mental illness. No wonder leftists are nuts. By contrast, acceptance brings gratitude which in turn creates happiness.

    On a personal note, I recall a particularly difficult moment in my young life. At some point I just broke down and had something of an epiphany – one that would become permanent – and I fully accepted the situation that had befallen me. Immediately, the depression and anxiety that I was experiencing receded almost immediately.

    However, I wonder if happiness also declines as you move from moderate conservative to the types of folks that comment on Unz. Perhaps because we have powerful tools to look ahead and see things other do not (HBD) so in turn we see the sh*t storm that is coming for us, our progeny and our nation. As we like to say: we are doomed.

  65. Mr. Anon says:
    @Larry, San Francisco

    Always struck me that leftism seems to be mainly about envy.

    I agree. Another determinant seems to be familial resentment (which itself might be a form of envy). People who, for whatever reason, resent their upbringing tend to the left politically. People on the right, less so. Obviously this is not a hard and fast rule (no observation about society is), but it seems to be generally true.

  66. When Jeremy Corbyn was head of UK Labour I went to one of their local meetings. It was eye-opening. Don’t let anyone tell you that the left is against competition. There was furious competition to be the most oppressed, the most put-upon. Those that could, demanded more attention and money for their race, gender, sexuality etc. And others said they were autistic, or mentally ill, or sick in some way. It was a ruthless competition.

    When your social circle gives the greatest kudos for being the most suffering, then you end up in a straitjacket frothing at the mouth.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  67. AndrewR says:
    @Polistra

    Both need to learn a lot from each other.

    Conservative beliefs can be summed up as “Screw you, I got mine.”

    Liberal beliefs can be summed up as crabs in a bucket mentality.

    Both are antisocial and toxic.

    • Troll: R.G. Camara, TWS, 36 ulster
    • Replies: @Pericles
  68. AndrewR says:
    @Thomm

    Yeah there are white trashionalists who say they would rather have zero (0) grandkids than have mixed race grandkids.

    Talk about a self-own. Going extinct to own the race mixers

    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
  69. Anon[383] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Right wingers are more susceptible to imaginary illnesses like Gulf War Syndrome. Left wingers trend toward imaginary illnesses like Chronic Lyme Disease. So when Douhout came down with the latter I was surprised. I wonder which side will predominate in the ranks of Chronic Covid victims?

  70. AndrewR says:
    @Anonymous

    I’ll bite:

    One cannot really help others until one helps themselves. If I spend all my time worrying and miserable about hungry kids in Africa, then how much use will I be to the people around me? Helping people you’ve never met and never will meet while your family, friends and neighbors are suffering is the very definition of mental illness.

    You speak of empathy, but libs tend to lack empathy for those closest to them.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  71. @Anon

    Emmett’s dad wrote the definitive biography of 1950s California surfer Miki Dora.

    It’s a bad idea to read the comments from the bottom up. I thought you were referring to the Tills.

    Emmett Rensin

    This sounds like an ant poison.

    • Replies: @Anon
  72. Gordo says:

    Dutton territory.

  73. Anonymous[475] • Disclaimer says:

    Indeed.

    Back in the later 19th century and up to the first three quarters of the 20th, the UK had the best organised industrial proletariat in the world, which knew what the class struggle was all about and fought fanatically for their corner. It was lead by highly motivated charismatic men who knew what they were after, and who managed to sway millions with the power of their rhetoric and arguments. Perhaps the apotheosis of this movement was the Labour Party – which as the name suggests was exclusively formed to fight for working class interests in Parliament.
    Although strictly a working class party, the Labour Party was effused with a radical bent from the beginning. As a result, female suffrage, championed by both the Liberal and Labour Parties was imposed on the UK in the early 20th century. Rather wisely, the Conservative Party would have never introduced female suffrage if left to its own devices.

    The strange irony is that the female vote kept the Conservatives in power.
    If female suffrage was never imposed, the formerly well organised British male industrial proletariat would have kept Labour in power throughout the 20th century.

    The UK would have been a very very different place indeed.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  74. Anonymous[475] • Disclaimer says:

    The present tragic trajectory of Sweden – not too long ago *the* quintessential white, civilized, well governed nation – now rapidly sliding into a frigid Brazil, is the best object lesson possible of what a self declared self satisfied “feminist” nation is all about.

  75. Meh….. They’re all crazy.

    https://inews.co.uk/news/education/kathleen-stock-trans-transgender-students-sussex-university-powerful-political-operators-1262958

    Kathleen Stock resigns: Trans students accuse Sussex Uni of depicting them as ‘powerful political operators’

    Sudents warn of ‘toll on their mental health’ but university says it ‘vigorously defends Professor Stock’s right to exercise her academic freedom’

    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2021/10/28/kathleen-stock-quits-sussex-university-trans/

    LGBT+ students at the University of Sussex had branded Stock a “transphobe” and accused her of “espousing a bastardised version of ‘radical feminism’ that excludes and endangers trans people”.

    Stock denies that she is transphobic, and has previously said that she “asserts the rights of trans people to live their lives free from fear, violence, harassment or any discrimination”. However, she has called “many trans women still males with male genitalia“, and argued against their inclusion in single-sex spaces, something protected by the Equality Act 2010.

    She has also argued that self-ID “threatens a secure understanding of the concept ‘lesbian’”, rooting her rhetoric in a belief of immutable biological sex.

    “Massive win for Sussex LGBTQ+ students today,” said an account on Instagram claiming to represent trans and non-binary students at Sussex. “Let’s take a minute to appreciate this.”

    The group added: “Queer and trans students united, never to be defeated!!

  76. Anonymous[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    [conservatives] tend to be more insular and dettached from problems that don’t affect them personally, while liberals tend to agonize over the sufferings of others, etc.

    Concentrating on improving your local environment with small specifics is a much more sensible approach to life than fretting about distant abstractions. If we all did that then the world would be a much better place.

    • Agree: ThreeCranes, Carol
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  77. Anonymous[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Larry, San Francisco

    Always struck me that leftism seems to be mainly about envy.

    Sloth, treason and envy are the leftist trinity. Anything that they do will fit neatly into one of those concepts.

  78. Jack D says:
    @Art Deco

    Blacks desire not to be policed is rational. Yes, the victims of crime are largely black (although OTOH, cross racial crime is overwhelmingly blacks on other races and not vice versa – a black man is maybe 100x more likely to kill a white woman than a white woman is to kill a black man) but so are the perps. Blacks don’t want their sons and brothers to be arrested even if they are the ones causing their neighborhoods to be unsafe. They feel as if they have more to lose than to gain from law enforcement.

    • Agree: TWS
  79. Ed Case says:
    @Anon

    The preponderance of suicide in rural conservative areas, –Republican districts are the most suicidal–, suggests that it is the right wing that is “ground zero” of mental illness in America.

    There’s a misunderstanding of the dynamics of Suicide here.
    People who suicide experience a sudden uncontrollable urge to do so following a long period of Depression.
    This is the reason Depression is treated with tranquillisers.
    The Tranquillizers don’t cure the Depression, but do make it less likely that the person will experience a sudden breakthrough of emotion.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  80. In the 19th Century and early 20th Century economic Leftism appealed to many to deal with the horrible conditions the 1% seemingly inflicted upon their underlings. This was the Leftism that appealed to folks like Orwell for : safety codes, 8 hour work days, health insurance, higher wages. It was, in short, a “manly”/”family” form of leftism in the wake of the industrial revolution.

    The social leftism that tagged along was feminine, whiny, and weird, but tolerated by the manly leftists as having some intellectual worth but really allowed so the manly leftists could get their way through numbers.

    Now, the horrors of such early industrial exploitation at an ebb; no one in the 1st World can seriously complain of mass exploitation of the workers the way a Lowell mill girl or Welsh coal miner could back in the day. Only the weird, irrational, ivory-tower, whiny feminine leftism is left in the 1st world, and appeals to whiny nuts who really would’ve been better off shut up in monasteries and nunneries and tied to daily prayer routines.

    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  81. @Polistra

    The inherent value of finding and engaging in meaningful, rewarding work is not just “the Protestant Work Ethic”. Confucius, Taoism, Buddhism, Christian Monastic Life all advocate for the inherent benefits of labor as both therapy for the overactive, liberal mind and as beneficial for extrinsic reasons as well.

    The problem liberals have is that they haven’t found that type of work in which they can successfully immerse themselves. They’re still struggling to find their niche. Working out one’s Fate is not the product of an instant; it’s a lifetime of work. There is no magic pill, only unceasing effort. The older I get the less inclined I am to believe that the point of life is “happiness”. I don’t even know what the word means anymore. Transient pleasure? Ecstasy in dance and song? Moderate ease? Secure in the knowledge that one has the means to survive most of life’s tribulations?

    Liberals tend to live for and spend a lot of time and money chasing “peak experiences”, but this leaves them unhappy most of the time because peak experiences are, by definition, rare.

    I do believe that it is difficult for people to be happy if they fear that one disaster can wipe out them and all that they have lived for can be lost in an instant. Some sort of Social Safety Net is Good. Something that supports you through accident or illness. We need to care for our fellow citizens and the Nation should encourage us to see ourselves as one family. Of course, this is easier if we actually are one family. I guess I’m a Nationalist Socialist.

  82. Pericles says:
    @obwandiyag

    If you think you did it all on your own, you got another thing coming, sadly-mistaken one.

    You can however be sure you did it without the least help of this obwandiyag character.

  83. @Anonymous

    The conservatives borrow their philosophy from Alfred E. Newman.

  84. @Charlotte

    Is unemployment insurance a handout?

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  85. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:

    Conservatives are less likely to believe in blank slatism.

    Since mental illness is traditionally understood to be hereditary, publicly admitting mental problems will cause social difficulties for your children and other relatives.

    If however you believe that mental illness is the product of bad life experiences then there’s no shame in admitting to it.

    • Disagree: Obstinate Cymric
    • Replies: @Art Deco
  86. Belief in good, benevolent God is a powerful one in maintaining a good outlook and reducing mental health issues. If a person believes in the Christian God they not only bear sufferings more patiently and believe it will get better and serves a purpose. Plus such people also know their purpose in life.

    Those who reject such belief in God or don’t have it are constantly pondering “what is my life’s purpose?” and “why is it so hard?” and other depressing questions and get obsessed with sins of the flesh to make themselves happy. But since such pleasures are transitory and temporary they get more depressed right afterwards.

    The old Baltimore Catechism instructed Catholics (especially Catholic teenagers) about the basics of their faith in clear, simple, terms using a helpful question-and-answer format. One of the first questions was “What is the purpose of life?” and the answer was: “To know God, to love God, and the serve God.”

    With such a simple, succinct answer, no believing Catholic had to get mentally sick pondering it all.

    • Replies: @Goddard
  87. Pericles says:
    @AndrewR

    Liberal beliefs can be summed up as crabs in a bucket mentality.

    Or more to the point, “Screw you, I want yours”.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  88. Ed Case says:
    @Joseph Doaks

    Winning the female vote is the key to electoral success.
    That’s one of the reasons the Repubs always cuck out
    Hanging tough is a one way ticket back to the sticks.

    • Replies: @Feryl
  89. Pericles says:
    @Rob

    “Be calm, voters. The election has been secured.”

  90. @Pericles

    Envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins for a very good reason.

    In Mark’s Gospel, for example, it’s explicitly stated that the reason the Pharisees wanted Pilate to kill Jesus was envy.

    • Agree: Captain Tripps
  91. @Roger

    I would say you are onto something 😉

    Nazis have better sex (the Left have been kwetching about that point
    since times immemorial) because they have better sexual dimorphism;
    even the most beat-up skinhead hussy complete with Doc Martens, pinto stretch
    jeans and Endstufe tank top is very recognizably female (experto credite 😛 ).
    One cannot say the same of the opposition: Their females are not female,
    their males (if that) are not male, and they are expected to have sex according to Theory.

    How can anyone expect a different outcome?

    • LOL: Obstinate Cymric
  92. Leftism is a form of mental illness that should have its own ICD coding.

    • Agree: Joseph Doaks
  93. @Anonymous

    “The trick to having women in your life without eventually turning into an ugly facsimile of yourself is to pick your battles wisely and reluctantly.”

    And the very essence of a neurotic woman is to use all her wiles to drive you off of this position and entangle you in a meaningless struggle for momentary dominance. She will exercise every fiber of her being to do this. She is (seemingly) unstoppable and is actually unstoppable when your efforts to ignore her are confined to the normal range of legal behavior. You must walk away. Go see your girlfriend. The only thing that can constrain a temporarily insane woman is the realization that she is not your only option. (This, not surprisingly, is also why today’s liberals are so incensed when conservatives advocate divorce and forming a separate nation-state. As long as conservatives don’t have that option, liberals have no compulsion to rein in their abuses. What would liberals do with themselves without conservatives around to batter?)

    • Thanks: JerseyJeffersonian
  94. @AndrewR

    Talk about a self-own. Going extinct to own the race mixers

    press 1 for white descendants. Repeat for the foreseeable. Whitey lives!
    press 2 for childless children (null points)
    press 3 for increasing the number of non-whites, thus causing an even greater imbalance in global numbers.

    Having mixed-race descendants is pretty suicidal, for white people. After about eight generations of that sort of idiocy, conducted across the board, they’d be no more than an ancient legend like Bigfoot.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
  95. Mr Mox says:
    @Anonymous

    I think that the general lack of empathy of conservatives, which is one of their most all-defining traits, halps them in being happier.

    It is not lack of empathy. We are (apparently, unlike you) able to control our empathy, instead of being dictated and crippled by it.

    The obsession with guns, the desire to serial kill animals for fun, the lack of empathy for those who are different from oneself,

    We are also able to ignore obvious strawmen.

  96. “Abundant social science evidence shows that people of strongly liberal/left politics, especially women, tend to have more mental health problems.”

    The above statement is true. One in six women will use some type of prescription drugs during their lifetime to combat mental illness. That is huge. Some people just need a little help once or twice in their lifetimes such as when someone close to them dies but that is very different from chewing down anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medications for decades at a time.

    Edward Dutton has a weekly podcast at bitchute (he has interviewed Steve) and writes on this frequently. My memory is not good but there are 5 main personality traits and liberals differ in two of them, the two that focus on the individual not the group.



    Video Link

    If you are interested in this topic, grab a beer, and join his pub.

  97. Scientific studies have demonstrated that there are biological differences between conservatives and liberals. For one summary see “Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults” at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3092984/?report=printable

    The conservative personality is significantly associated with a “generalized susceptibility to experiencing threat or anxiety in the face of uncertainty,” and “conservative attitudes serve a defensive function.” Conservative resistance to change and acceptance of inequality were ultimately rooted in psychological attempts to manage uncertainty and fear. Social change presents uncertainty, which creates anxiety in conservatives. Conservatives react by resisting social change and defending the status quo. Social equality presents uncertainty with regard to status. To avoid status anxiety, conservatives resist egalitarianism and defend inequality. Moreover, the status quo usually includes inequality, so defending the status quo usually includes defending inequality on that basis, as well. Changes to the status quo create uncertainty, uncertainty creates anxiety, and conservatives react to this anxiety by reflexively defending the status quo ante.

    Liberals also experience anxiety under conditions of uncertainty, but liberals tend to respond by activating brain processes which mitigate their initial reactions. Presumably this is why studies have found that liberals were strongly associated with openness to new experience and traits related to it: sensation-seeking, novelty-seeking, curiosity, creativity, and rebelliousness. It would also explain why liberals advocate for social change and challenge inequality: through cognitive intervention, liberals experience less uncertainty anxiety than conservatives.

    There appear to be natural reasons why social groups commonly see the formation of two conflicting political factions. Some members of the group, at least partly for genetic reasons, will be more sensitive to conditions of uncertainty. That will dispose them to band together to conserve the status quo. Other members of the group, at least partly due to their genetic code, will be less sensitive to conditions of uncertainty. That will dispose them to band together to effect desired changes from the status quo. The names of these opposing political factions will vary from time to time and place to place, but the pattern repeats throughout human history. We often say, in such circumstances, that the party opposing us is irrational, or failing to see their own interests. But it really comes down to the fact that the parties don’t have the same value priorities.

  98. Anonymous[827] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    The evil triumvirate of Blair, Mandelson and Brown – two testicles pendant, surmounted, quite literally in the pederast Peter Mandelson’s case by phallus rampant – the architects of the stinking ‘New’ Labour Party, were The Economist magazine at prayer – or defecation.

    Basically their version of ‘Labour’ was hard core Thatcherism regards wealth distribution and screaming banshee wanky wokeism regarding everything else.

  99. @Apache Trout

    Social Security and Medicare aren’t handouts. You paid for them with your payroll taxes over many working years.

    No you didn’t. Most people will get far more back in SS and Medicare benefits than they ever paid in. SS is a Ponzi scheme that worked when most people died by age 65, but it has been underwater for years.

    Al Gore’s talk about the SS lockbox was one of the most egregious lies ever told. There is nothing in the lockbox but a bunch of IOUs issued by the Treasury which rolled the SS contributions into the general fund and spent them.

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
  100. AndrewR says:
    @Expletive Deleted

    It’s a lot less suicidal than having no descendants. And wow your logical thinking skills are worthless

    • LOL: 36 ulster
    • Replies: @Expletive Deleted
  101. gc says:

    If you don’t believe in God you easily start to think too much what other people think about you. A religious person tries to take God’s viewpoint. Of course, when you think what other people might think about you, it is often a mirror reflection of your own fears, personal history etc. But also response of your looks and actions from other people are also important. Maybe that´s why first impressions, clothes and style are everything for liberal (hipsters). Every classical scholar will say the same thing: the liberals are always the most shallow. Even how intelligent they are, at best they are Bertrand Russell types. In a way religion makes you less of a herd animal. But it may be partly genetical. Rebublicans are more like birds and lizards, liberals are more like Bonobos.

  102. AndrewR says:
    @Apache Trout

    What? These have been handouts since the beginning. The initial recipients had never paid a cent into the system. The initial taxcows consented to the system because of the promise that they would eventually benefit from it themselves. Or at least that was part of the motivation.

    My sister is disabled and hasn’t worked a year in her life. But she gets social security and Medicare because these programs are handouts for people who can’t help themselves (like my sister) and they are also handouts for people over a certain age who could still work but choose not to (millions of retirees).

    My usage of this term does not mean I want to abolish SSI or Medicare. In fact I want to extend them to the entire population (although that would require the politically impossible tasks of decimating the military budget and raising taxes on billionaires). But they are, in fact, handouts even if most of the recipients did pay for handouts for others in the past.

    If I go to the food bank and get some food, I can’t pretend it’s not a handout even if I donated money to them 20 years ago.

  103. @Anonymous

    Concentrating on improving your local environment with small specifics is a much more sensible approach to life than fretting about distant abstractions. If we all did that then the world would be a much better place.

    The problem is that most liberals are True Believers and really believe that race doesn’t exist which means starving kids in Africa are the fault of Whites. All suffering is caused by Whites and the corollary is that all suffering can be prevented by Whites.

    Liberals view themselves as Good Whites that can end and reverse the suffering caused by Bad Whites.

    The liberals in the Universities and media rooms however are under no such delusions. They are aware of race but continue to support the beliefs of Good Whites as they cannot stomach the alternative. They also view the masses as children that cannot be trusted with the truth. In their minds we have to lie to democratic society in order for it to exist. If Whites are unfairly blamed then that is the price. To the realist liberal that is still better than taking the risk of telling Whites the truth.

    These two types of liberals (realist and True Believer) often clash in politics because the latter has no idea that the former exists. True Believers are interested in equal opportunity type legislation while realists are more interested controlling culture through areas like education (critical race theory) in order to keep the lie protected. Realists don’t think Blacks can be held to equal standards and in fact privately find the idea offensive as they expect dismal returns which then threatens the lie. NCLB for example was supported by True Believers but realists in Black areas opposed it.

  104. @Apache Trout

    Sort of. Even holding aside SSID (the disability part of Social Security), both programs mix together forced savings for retirement, taxes under another name and welfare for old people.

    Taxes (using the spelling FICA) are taken from your paycheck throughout your working life. These don’t go into any special fund or account. It’s just fungible money that the federal government uses to buy airplanes, pay interest on the debt, pay for other people’s medical care, etc. Then, when you retire, you get a monthly check from the government that has some relationship to what you paid in, but has a huge component of redistribution (i.e., rich people get way less on actuarial basis vs. their “contributions” as compared to poor people).

    The whole “Social Security retirement account” nonsense (originally, there were literal savings books handed out that recorded contributions that looked like savings account books used in that era) was a brilliant piece of political theater by FDR, who was a political genius. It was a conscious effort to create the sense that these are “earned” not “welfare,” that has been staggeringly successful.

    • Replies: @Eric Novak
  105. @Mike Tre

    Sort of. Even holding aside SSID (the disability part of Social Security), both programs mix together forced savings for retirement, taxes under another name and welfare for old people.

    Taxes (using the spelling FICA) are taken from your paycheck throughout your working life. These don’t go into any special fund or account. It’s just fungible money that the federal government uses to buy airplanes, pay interest on the debt, pay for other people’s medical care, etc. Then, when you retire, you get a monthly check from the government that has some relationship to what you paid in, but has a huge component of redistribution (i.e., rich people get way less on actuarial basis vs. their “contributions” as compared to poor people).

    The whole “Social Security retirement account” nonsense (originally, there were literal savings books handed out that recorded contributions that looked like savings account books used in that era) was a brilliant piece of political theater by FDR, who was a political genius. It was a conscious effort to create the sense that these are “earned” not “welfare,” that has been staggeringly successful.

    The psychology you describe is real, but it’s ultimately a trick.

    • Agree: Mike Tre
  106. Art Deco says:
    @Anonymous

    Since mental illness is traditionally understood to be hereditary,

    It isn’t ‘traditionally considered’ any such thing. You have a great deal of intergenerational variation in defining it and in hypotheses about its origins.

  107. Art Deco says:
    @Jack D

    Blacks desire not to be policed is rational.

    The desire is manifest among vociferous bourgeois types, not rank and file blacks. And no it isn’t rational.

    • Replies: @TWS
    , @JR Ewing
  108. Feryl says:
    @Jehu

    A big reason Leftists have gone nuts is that the high inequality/expensive areas they dwell in now have much higher levels of inequality than they did 40 years ago. Furthermore, it was once conventional wisdom that college graduates had a ticket to the good life. But Millennials and Gen Z now are highly educated, highly indebted, and much further behind on the status ladder than previous generations were as they moved into their late 20’s and 30’s.

    Even among “right wing” people born after circa 1975 there’s a lot of mockery of Reaganism, Ayn Rand etc. The hyper individualism and hostility toward big government (really, hostility towards any authority or tradition) that became all the rage in the 70’s and 80’s via the generations that were born into high equality and high trust America, naturally corroded America’s once strong communities. If you are under 46 years old you never got the sense that anything in America was strong or team-oriented. Interestingly it’s on social and temperament issues that young Righties are well, Right. But Supply Side-ism, Trickle Down economics, trade liberalization etc. are all totally moribund among people under 46. Early Gen X drove the notion, whether via Alex P Keaton in the 80’s or South Park in the 90’s, that America was destined to embrace the destruction of social responsibility* via “self-reliance” and “freedom” rhetoric. But that was the last generation which did not struggle all that much to achieve things in life. Indeed they may not have risen as far their parents did but they still got somewhere just the same.

    *In generational theory the earliest born cohort of a “lost generation” tends to be anti-social and nihilistic. I read one account of many of history’s most destructive figures (e.g. Hitler**) which claimed that they tended to be from the leading edge of “Lost” generations, as they often come of age being treated terribly and becoming ill-socialized which gives them a vengeance complex. One need only look at the young adult culture of the earlier 90’s to discern how poorly adjusted early Gen X-ers were (they expressed hatred of both society and hatred of themselves, like lighten up people).

    ** The Brutish leaders of the mid-20th century were often born in the 1880’s and 1890’s. E.g., they were the Lost Generation, not the Greatest Generation who gained respect via being better than the hated Lost Generation. When Boomers spoke of the calm and boring “older generation” they were referring to their parent’s Greatest Generation, not the rough Devil may care Lost Generation who presided over the vice and gangster praising youth culture of the 1920’s and upon ascending to leadership in the 1940’s had a mania for scorching the Earth.

    • Agree: Obstinate Cymric
  109. Anonymous[192] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Yep.

    “Sex and Age-Related Differences in Neuroticism and Allostatic Load Index in Urban Patients with General Anxiety Disorder Treated with Alprazolam”
    https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=85345#t1

    “The Emergence of Sex Differences in Personality Traits in Early
    Adolescence: A Cross-Sectional, Cross-Cultural Study”
    https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/5817366/file/5817396.pdf

    Marxism/Feminism teaches women that they can under no circumstances trust any male human, so they must dominate (largely through sex appeal and disagreeableness) and sabotage the work of any man with whom they try to form a family. The domination and sabotage reduces the financial support the man can give to his marriage, weakening the woman’s control. The conflict between the need to control/sabotage and the need for financial viability drives women insane, even in their own frame of reference. “The Emergence . . .” suggests that this conflict appears at menarche, and I’ve seen it vanish after menopause.

    The idea of infidelity as a brake on women’s insecurity is self contradictory. “Neuroticism” originally meant “nerve disease”, and was a claim to knowledge that physicians did not have and that turned out to be false. “Neuroticism” now means “worries severely and non-functionally,” and infidelity will increase both fear and worry. The result may well be a divorce, the majority of divorces being filed by women, perhaps as an effort to leave non-controllable men (who are not happy over their work being sabotaged) and marry the more controllable and wealthier government bureaucracy.

    Not all women are severely neurotic. Some trust their husband enough to permit their man to generate the income needed for a successful family. However, note that such a woman would have to reject feminism, hence be much less conformist than most women. Further, the positive “hot-crazy” correlation implies, however, that to get a non-crazy woman a man must choose a non-hot woman. Not all men are willing to choose a non-conformist and non-hot woman.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  110. Feryl says:
    @Ed Case

    If the GOP was serious about winning they would be saying ad nauseam that Uncle Sam should no longer provide the services to underclass blacks that elite blacks ought to take care of. And no longer would the Gov. do the duties that husbands ought to take care of. Blacks once voted Republican more often. And married women still vote Republican to a good degree.

    But the GOP to get things done would have to openly shame elite blacks who have abandoned the underclass. They would also have to shame women for choosing Uncle Sam over a male provider. But in recent decades the mere existence of big government is blamed for black dysfunction (rather than shaming faltering black leadership for not demanding better behavior among blacks) while struggling men are derided for being “losers” who can’t meet the expectations of spoiled and narcissistic women who’d rather get government aid, child support, alimony etc. and have casual sex with Hot Guys than have to be of aid and comfort to the same smelly husband for years. The “incel” problem is here to stay because we also have a serious problem with slutty and entitled women.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  111. Jiminy says:

    One thing I have always noticed is that a person can’t help but be left leaning if the right leg is longer than the other. It’s just obvious. And here they are being persecuted and ridiculed for being born with such an ungainly deformity. Come on, it’s not their fault.

  112. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Mentally people get lots of subsidies and freebies. I have seen it. They are usually not mentally ill enough to bite the hand that feeds them.

    Yes, it’s noticeable that these people savagely attack anyone who suggests that crazies may be faking it for sympathy and benefits. Real crazies wouldn’t care.

    We saw this recently with the reaction to Piers Morgan doubting Megan Markle’s mental problems. The people attacking him weren’t the monarchists or blacktivists but the crazies.

  113. @ScarletNumber

    Is unemployment insurance a handout?

    I’ve read but not confirmed that before the government system was set up, private unemployment insurance was outlawed.

    Be that as it may, as I understand it’s a system your employer pays into, and the more people it gets rid of that successfully apply for unemployment insurance the higher their premiums get. We could also view extra Federal payments into the states’ systems when something unusual happens like a pandemic as being akin to reinsurance.

  114. Rob McX says:

    It’s hard to see the distinction these days. Over ninety percent of people vote for politicians who implement left wing policies. There are really only two positions in public life and debate – left wing and banned.

    • Replies: @That Would Be Telling
  115. @ThreeCranes

    Agree, Three Cranes. Happiness starts and ends with a good work day and the stability that brings to your life. Also happiness can only be moderate. The good feeling you get from a cup of coffee in the morning – yes. The good feeling you get from shooting heroin – no. Extremes of good feelings always result in unhappy crash landings.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
  116. @obwandiyag

    the impact of society on the life trajectory of the individual is an argument for conservative values, not against them. societies that fail to protect private property i.e. haiti and venezuala don’t have a lot of successful individuals. neither will the united states when people who think like venezualans become the majority.

  117. @Rob McX

    It’s hard to see the distinction these days. Over ninety percent of people vote for politicians who implement left wing policies.

    A lot of people are choosing the don’t bother to vote at all option, since any vote they make that might make a difference as you note just results in more left wing policies. I don’t know that I’m going to do in the 2024 presidential election, but I’ve given up for any Congressmen in my officially pretty Red state.

    One hope is that someday a preference cascade will change this rather rapidly.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
  118. Gamecock says:

    Do the Mentally Ill Lean Left for Rational Reasons?

    I think the proposition can be stated more succinctly:

    Do you have to be mentally ill to lean left, or does leaning left make you mentally ill?

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
  119. kihowi says:

    You can call them mentally ill, or you can call them better adapted. In a society that rewards complaining and anti-social self-obsession about your own little troubles, obviously working hard and not being a crybaby is a handicap. Why do that if getting diagnosed and living off the system or relatives gets you a comfortable enough lifestyle at an absolute fraction of the effort? Evolution doesn’t care whether the most efficient lifestyle is dignified or not.

  120. @Almost Missouri

    All of the current inequalities (economic, legal, cultural, etc.) run very heavily against conservatives and for liberals, so unless Napier and Jost are saying that conservatives happily concede their dispossession while liberals miserably accede to victory (which might arguably be true, but I don’t think they’re saying this), their argument doesn’t make sense.

    I see them making an argument that conservatives are better buffered against bad or subpar outcomes. And your basing your argument on inequalities goes directly against their point that:

    We did find, however, that the rationalization of inequality — a core component of conservative ideology — helps to explain why conservatives are, on average, happier than liberals.

    Albeit in their context of their claim:

    that conservatives are generally fearful, low in self-esteem, and rationalize away social inequality

    It’s of course become accepted post-WWII “wisdom” that conservatism is a pathology, initially thanks to the cultural Marxists such as those from the Frankfurt School, and Napier and Jost are sticking to the Party Line. Without for example going into the signal difference between the two, our view that human nature is fixed, their’s that it’s infinitely malleable. The conservative viewpoint is thus inherently more tolerant of inequality, it having a biological and/or spiritual basis.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  121. Bite Moi says:
    @Polistra

    Polistra———Cause and effect either way.It’s a chicken or the egg question.

  122. @TelfoedJohn

    When Jeremy Corbyn was head of UK Labour I went to one of their local meetings…. Don’t let anyone tell you that the left is against competition. There was furious competition to be the most oppressed, the most put-upon.

    This system such as it is was said to have killed Occupy Wall Street, and I wouldn’t wonder if it’s generally killed those sorts of top down not ruthlessly focused Leftist movements (Antifa and BLM need analysis along this vector). When the various groups tried to discuss future actions, anyone making sense was deplatformed by someone with more intersectional points. Men in particular didn’t have a chance.

    • Replies: @TelfoedJohn
  123. TWS says:
    @Art Deco

    It is constant among blacks. None want anyone arrested, if they call you it is to act as a referee and tell the other party they are wrong or separate them. They will to a man cover for other blacks for any crime. They will block you from pursuit, interfere with every arrest, forget every true detail of a crime even when they are the victim.

    The exceptions are so rare I can remember every single individual after twenty plus years in law enforcement. Only illegals want less to do with the police.

    • Thanks: Johann Ricke
  124. @Ed Case

    This is the reason Depression is treated with tranquillisers.
    The Tranquillizers don’t cure the Depression, but do make it less likely that the person will experience a sudden breakthrough of emotion.

    Except depression is not treated with tranquilizers, which have the further problem along with all other GABA effecting drugs of swiftly generating tolerance, for most in two weeks plus or minus a week.

    They’re treated with drugs that if anything have a danger in the opposite direction, of inducing clinical mania, although suicidal ideation is not unknown, had that happen to a friend of mine. When they work properly they allow people to move out of the mental and emotional ruts that kept them depressed, something the cognitive therapy can also do (you might say its thesis is that if you think bad things about yourself, stop and you’ll stop feeling bad. Since they’re generally incorrect…).

    • Agree: Jonathan Mason
  125. Anon[262] • Disclaimer says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Emmett Rensin

    This sounds like an ant poison.

    You’re thinking of Intice Thiquid.

  126. @Anonymous

    While our anon friends above are obvious trolls, we should remember that a stopped clock is right twice a day and reflect on the nanogram of wisdom contained therein, probably more in the first post than the second.

    Conservative self-reliance can be a curse when misfortune, over which our conservative can exert no control, strikes.

    The exporting of millions of well paid manufacturing jobs dropped whole communities** in the mire – something that no amount of self-help can restore, although it can mitigate. People raised to believe that America was a place where hard work was rewarded, and the working man could have house, family, good life, have had today’s unpleasant reality shoved in their faces – and sometimes it’s just more than they can take.

    That also applies to interpersonal relations. Being a good husband and father isn’t enough, as it used to be. No fault divorce – with cash and prizes for the winners and loss of home, children and crippling maintenance for the loser can strike a blameless man out of the blue. That’s why Thomas Ball set himself on fire in front of a New Hampshire courthouse in 2011.

    https://therationalmale.com/2014/01/14/the-second-set-of-books/

    “You are using the old First Set of Books- the Constitution, the general laws or statutes and the court ruling sometime call Common Law. They are using the newer Second Set of Books. That is the collection of the policy, procedures and protocols. Once you know what set of books everyone is using, then everything they do looks logical and upright.”

    Still, I don’t know about the US, but in the UK male suicide, while still 75% of the total*, has dropped from 19 per 100k in 1981 to 15 in 2020. It could be that fewer men are believers in the First Set of Books or due to demographic change, as more people arrive from less suicidal cultures.

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2020registrations

    * and the worst age is 45-49 – family breakup or job loss? That’s the kind of age at which, unless you’re fully engaged in providing for a wife and kids, you start to realise that “it’s all downhill from here“.

    ** I spend some time in former industrial areas – the contrast between the young people and the old ones (who remember the towns as thriving) is immense. They could be different peoples.

    • Agree: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Anonymous
  127. @Feryl

    The tough love you’re proposing might work with blacks, it did to a degree long ago, but you’re completely ignoring Ed Case’s point which was about women.

    As long as they’re allowed to vote, they’ll vote for policies that maximize their ability to sexually misbehave and get rewarded for it, and that includes married women keeping their options open. The GOP would indeed be sent back to the sticks if they targeted that instead of the root problem of female suffrage. Which of course can’t be targeted this side of the counter-revolution. We’d even need to firmly define male and female while World War T is one of our hottest fronts and one a lot of the GOP is on the wrong side of.

    • Agree: JR Ewing
    • Replies: @Feryl
  128. JR Ewing says:
    @Art Deco

    Agreed. Although criminals make up a larger share of the black population, most blacks are not criminals and they support policing the ones who are.

    The people who want to “abolish the police” are black criminals, anarchist-Soros types who want to see the world burn, and the useful idiot white liberals who support the idea because they’ve been convinced that police indiscriminately shoot every black man they come across on the street.

  129. @Anon

    I’m amazed no one ever made a porn film called “Triumph Of The Willy”.

    • Replies: @Rob McX
    , @Anonymous
  130. “Do the Mentally Ill Lean Left for Rational Reasons?”

    Not to oversimplify, but isn’t this more often than not going to be a contradiction in terms? I.e., the mentally ill are seldom likely to think or behave rationally?

    It doesn’t mean how they vote doesn’t ultimately make sense in terms of serving their own interests, just that they a) don’t really understand their own interests, and b) therefore can’t make the connection between the implications of policies they support and what it means for themselves.

    Meaning there’s no rationality in the mentally ill’s politics, but there is a sort of natural selection for the crazies to vote lefty because the ones who vote righty either get corrective medicine, are walled off from the political system (arrested, institutionalized), or simply killed off (overdose, suicide, homicide, death penalty, etc.).

    Which brings to me that Urban Dictionary definition of O’Sullivan’s law by one “Melvin Udall”, notably:

    Also, leftism is in and of itself a form of decay. It’s what happens…to nations, churches and universities as the energy given off by the big bang of their inception slowly ebbs away. Rather than expend vitality in originality and creation they become obsessed with introspection, popularity and lethargy. Leftism is entropy of the spirit and intellect.

    (source: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=O%E2%80%99Sullivan%E2%80%99s+Law)

    I.e., any healthy society is going to have its rejects and miscreants. But any society that does not actively, consciously, and remorselessly push these rejects and miscreants out of the public square will eventually succumb to them. As we are seeing across the West.

  131. Goddard says:
    @R.G. Camara

    One of the first questions was “What is the purpose of life?” and the answer was: “To know God, to love God, and the [sic] serve God.”

    My goal with my children is more Spinozist: “To have an adequate knowledge of self, of God, and of things.”

  132. Muggles says:

    Perhaps, instead, the mental health issues drive the politics, that wokeness is the politics of female mental illness?

    You have to admit, that would explain a lot about current events.

    Yes. iSteve is on to something here.

    I would add that we might want to add “college educated” female mental illness.

    I doubt that there are very many non college ‘exposed’ women (or men) who take Wokeness seriously or even comprehend what it is supposed to be about. Wokeness takes a lot of what I would deem as “language manipulation/redefinition” to express its purest form. Empty confusing sloganeering.

    Those who work with average people aren’t going to adopt this mentality for long. It is merely hatred of various groups wrapped in a smug disguise. Neurotic personality types are quick to grasp any excuses they can to demand to be treated as “normals.” And to blame their daily dysfunctional interactions on others. That is classic neurosis.

    • Agree: Travis
  133. Goddard says:
    @Anonymous

    Know thyself and tend your own garden, Lefty.

    • Agree: Bridgeport_IPA
  134. Feryl says:
    @That Would Be Telling

    It already did work with blacks. Then the welfare state happened, the black community disintegrated in the space of 5-10 years (circa 1964-1974),and talented 10th blacks blamed “white racism” and a lack of funding/uplift programs for blacks instead of themselves for abandoning the underclass to FedGov created pathology. Nowadays elites level whites heap contempt on underclass whites instead giving them better jobs and reforming the policies that reward single women. At least black elites don’t openly dis their racial brethren, unlike the white ones. No wonder whites are so depressed these days.

    WRT the stupid party, I agree that they are cowards and made themselves defenseless WRT gender issues. They always blamed big government and liberals for the dissolution of the family, not the selfish and entitled women who simply did not have to corrupt themselves and society by taking a payday via not committing to a man and his family. Also, the GOP did not oppose women entering the workforce en masse, which itself contributed to men’s earning power being reduced via the vast expansion of the labor market. Nor did they ever really fight against affirmative action for women. At the very least the “conservative” party ought to oppose gender quotas, which enable advancement for undeserving women at the expense of men.

    Ridiculous to shame men when non-professional/non-managerial men never asked for, or voted for, the off-shoring of industry and gender quotas. Or diversicrat bureaucracy that’s an obvious make-work program for women and NAMs. Or government policies that reward irresponsible women. But the Stupid Party has largely avoided precisely why men lost their financial and social standing, instead ranting about morals and “personal responsibility”.

  135. @Anonymous

    ” conservatives tend to be simpletons” – “They are not very intellectual”

    So where do I fit in according to your “intellectual” viewpoint of things, myself a dyed in the wool conservative: artist as in Pro jazz performer with fifty plus years on the road as such, Mensa qualified since 1973, married to a (ret) teacher.

    You are full of shiot and as all liberal nut-cases you mistakenly consider yourself to be intellectually superior to anyone who does not conform to your deranged woke concepts.

    AJM

  136. @That Would Be Telling

    “Frankfurter Schule” thanks to Germany, the gift that never stops giving both goy and Hebrew.

    The outside world can thank Germany for Communism, Heroin, Antifa, Communism, Shrinkism, manic authority worship, Bauhouse, Green madness, “Luegenpresse” etc, etc.

    AJM

  137. @That Would Be Telling

    This system such as it is was said to have killed Occupy Wall Street

    My sense from visiting some Occupy encampments was that it was killed by the inevitable hangers-on and parasites. Drunks, druggies, useless eaters. If a movement says that the ‘system is always wrong’ then you’re going to get a lot of kooks who agree. It’s the same reason that no political communes survive in the US, whereas religious ones do. There is no one to look up to, so the incentive is to be more self-righteous than the next person. So instead of doing the dishes, or getting any work done, you get endless arguments about Anarcho-Marxism-Leninism etc.

  138. jason y says:

    The most rational strategy when maximizing relative wealth (or social position) is absolutely not the same as the most rational strategy when maximizing absolute wealth (or social position). Many “irrational” impulses are not irrational if your options are “90th percentile or 1st percentile”. Losers must gamble.

    Noel Coward: “I’ll go through life either first class or third, but never in second.”

    There is a growing literature on this topic (The growth of relative wealth and the Kelly Criterion, Lo and Orr), but you can get the gist of the logic by playing games like Daily Fantasy Sports.

  139. Muggles says:

    After re-reading the verbiage used by these alleged “social scientists” it is very clear that they have obvious and clearly articulated biases in their fundamental premises of these “studies.”

    I.e. the constant reference to “equality” and similar. These many references to this concept and use in explaining supposed conservative views is nothing but ideological pollution.

    The assumption of Critical Race Theory (to use a shorthand) by these supposed social scientists is almost 19th century in its obvious bias and built-in conclusions.

    So “explaining” why “conservatives” are happier boils down to the assertion that hard-hearted “racist” conservatives/right-wingers are only happier because they blithely ignore the horrible inequality and racist outcomes which are so obvious and inherent in these authors’ worldview.

    Liberals/leftists are unhappier because like witch hunters they emulate, they can see witches when you cannot.

    Plenty of non Democrat Americans are very unhappy with sleepy Joe and his comrades, but of course “Let’s Go Brandon” is an expression of joy and happiness. It also is, of course.

  140. @TelfoedJohn

    My sense from visiting some Occupy [Wall Street] encampments was that it was killed by the inevitable hangers-on and parasites. Drunks, druggies, useless eaters.

    I don’t think your eyewitness reporting and what I read is incomparable. Policing your own, in this case keeping those people out not to mention the rapists is the sort of agenda serious people want to talk about, which can be derailed just as easily by the intersectionalists. For example, I can imagine a discussion started by a man about dealing with a particular rapist being completely sidetracked by woman insisting men can’t talk about the subject because they’re not women (and that’s before we get into women’s revealed preferences about towards force and sex).

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  141. @Thomm

    This is no surprise. We have all known for decades that lefties are nucking futs.

  142. The public education system is teeming with school psychologists. Of course they’re all left-wing tax leeches who do nothing but spout loads of psycho-baloney and reinforce gender identity crap.

  143. JR Ewing says:
    @Jim Don Bob

    This is absolutely a true description of how the programs work in practice. Total Ponzi scheme. Mostly because FDR needed to start paying out benefits NOW! for elderly people who were already poor at the time and didn’t have a lifetime of work ahead of them from which to make payroll contributions.

    But it’s still thought of by the participants and described by the government as “savings” and there is something of a return on those savings, even if it’s very poor compared to interest rates or other investments. The time value of money isn’t just another government handout, as your “far more” comment implies.

    Benefits are also based off of the amount of earnings and contributions one has made in the past, so it’s far from “free money” compared to traditional welfare. Same for Medicare (medical care for retired old people) compared to Medicaid (medical care for poor people).

    This is why it’s politically impossible for any politician to propose changes to the program, especially means testing. People have, in their mind, EARNED those benefits and have a property right in them, even if legally that is not the case.

  144. Anonymous[165] • Disclaimer says:
    @Obstinate Cymric

    You are mistaking conservatism with free market economics. It should be obvious by now that big business is no friend of conservatism.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  145. Anonymous[950] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    Not all women are severely neurotic. Some trust their husband enough to permit their man to generate the income needed for a successful family. However, note that such a woman would have to reject feminism, hence be much less conformist than most women. Further, the positive “hot-crazy” correlation implies, however, that to get a non-crazy woman a man must choose a non-hot woman. Not all men are willing to choose a non-conformist and non-hot woman.

    I have a distant family member, considered pretty hot, and a type-A personality. Highly contentious, and she has an inordinate amount of “get-up-and-go.” She only went for type-a kind of guys with no exception. Almost all were by-your-own-boorstraps high achievers. She never dated posers. Always guys implementing big plans, and we’ll on their way to making things happen. I noticed once she was in a relationship, she would give the guy a lot of leeway to be the a-type. She’d still give her opinion, but once the guy decided, she’d support him to make it happen, even if she didn’t initially agree with it. She does that to a fault with her husband now, and she and her family seem to be doing great. Her husband, who looks like a young Chris Reeves, does the same trick of, even if he disagrees with some definitive choice she’s hellbent on, once she commits, he works with her to make sure she reaches the success she envisioned. They now have 5 kids, and live in a huge beautiful house on a two acre spread, with a couple of horses, a pool, putting green, and volleyball court, in So. Cal., 40 years old, and they both did it together from scratch.

    The only odd thing about them aside from all that is they all go to church, and are committed Christians. I’m an atheist, but I do notice that Christianity, when taken somewhat seriously, seems to put a guiding rudder on one’s boat that can significantly assist a marriage when the winds start whipping up.

    I think what seems to be a Christian dictum of habitually throwing in to make your spouse look good, and not lying, appears to supercharge the longevity of marriage that a couple of Nihilists can’t compete with. It seems to channel a couples creative energies for the better.

    Or maybe, marriage isn’t for many modern people from the get-go. Most of my married contemporaries are various forms of quietly miserable wretches, who haven’t already divorced.

    • LOL: Gabe Ruth
  146. Rob McX says:
    @That Would Be Telling

    One hope is that someday a preference cascade will change this rather rapidly.

    Unfortunately, Trump’s presidency showed that even the mildest threat to the status quo can provoke a deadly backlash. Even a candidate whose policies were mainstream 20 years ago is perceived as a dangerous extremist who needs to be stopped at all costs.

    • Agree: Moses
  147. Rob McX says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    Have you done a thorough check of all the porn titles? I’d be surprised if someone hasn’t thought of it.

    • Replies: @Joe Stalin
  148. To whom was this news?

  149. @War for Blair Mountain

    You really shouldn’t encourage people to patronize criminal organizations.

  150. One main difference between left and right is overall belief in a Creator who takes an active interest in human affairs and is guiding humanity to some extent.

    If the leftist believes in a hands-off Creator then,”It’s up to me to save the world and create cosmic justice!” Whether this impulse springs from genuine altruism or narcissism is irrelevant, the result is people who believe we affect the climate to the point we can control it, and that racial differences are fictional creations of (usually White) oppressors.

    The trouble with leftism stems from the reality that 99 out of 100 “new” ideas will fail, but by divorcing results from efforts, failures can be counted as successes! It’s insanity enshrined by idiotic laws.

  151. Moses says:
    @John Johnson

    These types of studies are a waste of time. Here is a better test: Hook up both liberals and conservatives to a lie detector test. Then ask questions about race.

    No need. Just look at liberals’ zip code and school demographics. Always supermajority White.

    They know all about the Schwartzes, oh yes.

    Pro tip: Ask demographics of their kids’ school when discussing race reality with a White or Jewish liberal. Watch them squirm. Ends the convo real quick.

  152. @Rob McX

    Reminds me of retired Chicago television news anchorman and WLS-AM radio guy Ron Magers. He said he was looking for a copy of some porn tape which he had not yet located. You see, the porn guys had part of a newscast he was in as part of the movie; he wanted copy so he could say he was in a porn flick.

    • Thanks: Rob McX
    • Replies: @Inquiring Mind
  153. @AndrewR

    If they’re not white, what’s even the point?

  154. I would have thought that conservatives were much more inclined towards the paranoid illnesses and personality disorders, due to spending most of their spare time listening to conspiracy theories on the radio instead of music.

    Blacks suffer relatively little from introversion and depression compared to whites, and usually blacks are considered more likely to be left wing than right wing. On the other hand blacks tend to lean towards somewhat primitive happy-clappy versions of religion more akin to right-wing fundamentalism, so perhaps that acts as some kind of shield.

    On the other hand, blacks are very prone to drug-induced psychoses, so there is that.

    As far as whole nations go, according to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, which publishes happiness rankings, the question is not which country will appear at the top of the rankings, since Finland seems to be the happiest place on earth, followed by Denmark, Norway, and Switzerland, so maybe long, dark winters and plenty of booze and apres-ski are the keys to happiness.

    The world’s happiest capital city is Helsinki, in spite of Nokia stock having been stagnant for several years.

    The lowest scoring country in the most recent rankings is, wait for it… Afghanistan, although today’s success against Namibia in the World T20 Cricket Championships, may have improved morale by a few points.

    However, after Friday’s narrow loss against Pakistan, a weepy Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan said his decision to retire in the middle of the ongoing T20 World Cup “was triggered by the pain that he and his teammates endured after Afghanistan’s heart-breaking loss to Pakistan in their previous match” so maybe Afghanis have a tendency to take things a bit to heart and when the going gets tough, they want out.

    The US kind of ranks in the middle in terms of happiness, having recuperated somewhat from the blow to national prestige triggered by Sputnik, Vietnam, and recent soccer defeats versus hemispherical rival powers such as Trinidad and Panama, and is sandwiched in the rankings between countries like Ireland, Germany, Czechia, and Belgium, all of which at least have decent beers to console themselves with.

    I am sure that with a decent beer or two the US could climb the rankings and get into the moderately grumpy category, unless the numbers are pulled down by the US women, ladyboys, and mixed sex people, who are a miserable bunch.

    The country that takes the most antidepressants per head is supposed to be Iceland, which ranks up there with Finland and Norway for happiness, but the US is the most heavily medicated country in the world, with massive antidepressant usage–as one might expect– on the part of a population dedicated to the pursuit of happiness.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7006121/Nearly-half-Americans-prescription-drugs-report-reveals.html

    • LOL: Rob
    • Replies: @Corvinus
    , @Rob
  155. Travis says:

    More than 20% of White Americans reported being prescribed psychiatric drugs, compared to about 9% of Hispanic adults, nearly 10% of black adults and close to 5% of Asian adults.

    psychotropic medications are mostly prescribed to women. White women are by far the biggest users of psychotropic medications. 33% of White females are taking psychotropic drugs.

    In Plato’s “Timaeus”, female moodiness and misbehavior are explained with the wandering uterus theory. A Greek surgeon by the name of Galen would expand upon the Athenian’s explanation. For him, ladies’ mental ills stem from their sex drive: women become “hysterical”, when they don’t get properly laid. From Galen’s era until the mid 19th century, there were several “prescriptions” available for nasty cases of hysteria: Married women needed to have more sex with their husbands, and single females were told to seek “pelvic massages” from qualified technicians, to produce “hysterical paroxysm” (what’s now known simply as an “orgasm”)

    White women are not getting laid enough. Thus 33% of them are on psychotropic drugs to control their moods. Back in the 1950s most women were married by age 19 and having regular sex. Today women in their twenties are getting much less sex than our grandmothers. This is a big reason why they are so crazy. They are unable to get husbands, and thus lack regular sexual intercourse. The rates of sexual activity of young women today is at the lowest level in History.

    The portion of Americans 18 to 29 reporting no sex in the past year more than doubled between 2008 and 2019, to 24% in 2019. While Women are less likely than men to go a year without sex, they are still not having regular sex like our grandmothers and parents did. Mostly because they do not have husbands. This is a big reason why Women are so crazy today and so many are prescribed drugs. To improve the mental health of women they need to have a steady relationship, preferably with a husband who gives them regular sex. The share of people who are having sexual activity once a week or more now sits at 38%, compared with 52% in 1996.

    Women need a strong man in their lives and an active sex life or else they become crazy leftists with multiple prescriptions for depression and anxiety. Married women become much more conservative and have fewer psychological problems.

    • Agree: nokangaroos
    • Thanks: Boomthorkell
    • LOL: Corvinus
    • Troll: Eric Novak
  156. TWS says:
    @John Johnson

    Is it worse that the democrats take them or that everyone even the institutional insane get to vote?

  157. @rebel yell

    Having control of your life is a major component of reducing stress. I am self employed which means I cannot really be fired. I can lose a client and I take other risks, many financial, but it is manageable. Some people are simply lazy or underachievers and their lives are often plagued with money and lifestyle issues that make them unhappy even if they work less than someone in my position does.

    • Agree: JR Ewing
  158. As says:

    There is also the resentment v gratitude angle.

    The left cultivates resentment.

    The right does as well though I don’t think they do to the extent the left does.

    A rightist is more likely to cultivate gratitude (I am so blessed…)

  159. As says:

    The left produces more sexual deviants.

    Pramila Jayapal is crazy and her only child is transgender.

    • Agree: Bridgeport_IPA
  160. @D. K.

    That’s good, too.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  161. Anonymous[360] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack D

    Blacks are the definition of ‘psychopathic narcissists’.

    The key to understanding black character and behavior is to understand the basic premise that their overwhelming motivation is ‘me me me’, in other words the ‘entitlement’ to do what they want where they how they want without giving a shit about how it impacts on others.

    You can bet your balls that the very same blacks who are screaming about ‘defunding the police’ will, once they have got their way, will start screaming about the ‘government’ failing to protect them from murder and injury.

    • Replies: @JR Ewing
    , @Anonymous
  162. Anonymous[360] • Disclaimer says:
    @YetAnotherAnon

    There was a “Talented Mr. Winky” released.

  163. I think one reason that white leftists are attracted to the Left is that it makes their self-hatred into a virtue. Being a supporter of the Left means that mentally ill whites can take pride in their desire to destroy anyone who reminds them of themselves.

  164. @R.G. Camara

    What do call the Leftism of paid family leave for a Federal Cabinet secretary during a time when the global logistical system based on containerized shipping of goods has failed and we are beginning to feel the effects of delayed Peloton exercise machines worldwide?

  165. @Joe Stalin

    Or at least that is what he told his wife?

  166. @TelfoedJohn

    If a movement says that the ‘system is always wrong’ then you’re going to get a lot of kooks who agree. It’s the same reason that no political communes survive in the US, whereas religious ones do. There is no one to look up to, so the incentive is to be more self-righteous than the next person. So instead of doing the dishes, or getting any work done, you get endless arguments about Anarcho-Marxism-Leninism etc.

    This is correct. You have to have a consistent ideology and a strict hierarchy.

    In fact you have to be ready to impose street level justice against the kooks.

    Dealing with people in politics is much messier than on television. Weirdos come from out of the woodwork and try to position themselves for personal gain. Some just want to hear themselves talk or are just plain bored.

    Modern left-wing/anarchist revolutionary groups never go anywhere because they spend so much time talking to themselves. There is no head at the top so they spend all day in the park arguing about how much of capitalism can be saved. It’s ridiculous. The other problem is that they try to be “progressive” and make sure to listen to every woman and angry minority. I have seen this first hand. Some angry woman feels the need to rant about colonialism or something and everyone stops to listen. Well half the day is now gone and you didn’t accomplish anything.

    It just doesn’t work. If you really want to change the system you can’t sit around a public park like faggots and let every single kook get his rant in. You need a strong male hierarchy or it just becomes a circus.

    The modern left has too much faith in democracy. They buy into their own propaganda. In their minds some great revolution will occur if everyone gets a voice. That just isn’t true. The Bolsheviks won by taking out anarchist and left-wing groups that were democratic.

  167. @That Would Be Telling

    My sense from visiting some Occupy [Wall Street] encampments was that it was killed by the inevitable hangers-on and parasites. Drunks, druggies, useless eaters.

    I don’t think your eyewitness reporting and what I read is incomparable. Policing your own, in this case keeping those people out not to mention the rapists is the sort of agenda serious people want to talk about, which can be derailed just as easily by the intersectionalists.

    No he is correct, just look at what happened to the chop movement. The White anarchists that organized it couldn’t say no to Blacks that wanted to work security. I knew they were doomed when I saw a passive White leftist look nervously at a street Black with a gun as he tried to keep the press out. Black gangs in fact took the area over and the White organizers eventually gave up after multiple shootings.

    The anarchists should really just take a check from the establishment. Such stupidity just favors the status quo. REBELLION IS CLEARLY FUTILE, GO BACK TO WORK.

    If you really wanted to take on the system you would need to be racially aware hierarchy. That doesn’t mean an organization that is explicitly racist. But you would have to be aware of certain realities or else you would be undermined by egalitarian beliefs that simply aren’t true.

  168. @Jack D

    Blacks desire not to be policed is rational.

    Blacks don’t want their sons and brothers to be arrested even if they are the ones causing their neighborhoods to be unsafe. They feel as if they have more to lose than to gain from law enforcement.

    This is not at all rational.

    The majority do not have sons and brothers that are doing the shootings.

    So the majority are putting their own children at risk of becoming gunshot victims for the sake of unrelated criminals.

    Completely irrational.

    They feel as if they have more to lose than to gain from law enforcement.

    Liberal excuse that assumes rational behavior.

    The willingness of the Black community to protect their criminals actually pre-dates law enforcement. There was a time when Whites looked the other way on what occurred in Black areas. Blacks did not create their own tribunals with strict penalties for going against the community. If Marvin got shot in a dice game then that is what happened. It ain’t yo biznaz to fine out who dun it. Everyone know who dun it anyways cracka.

    That is how Blacks think and I really don’t care about why at this point because I see little reason to believe they will change. There have been cases where a massive shootout occurred in Chicago and only Shotspotter called it in. Even nice little church ladies are not picking up the phone and society desperately wants to believe this isn’t true.

    Blacks don’t want to call in criminals but they also want everything that White society has to offer (grocery stores, safe streets, public parks, etc). You can’t have it both ways but the establishment continues to patronize them by blaming law enforcement or external factors.

    • Troll: Corvinus
  169. JR Ewing says:
    @Anonymous

    the basic premise that their overwhelming motivation is ‘me me me’

    ——————–

    I have always thought that the overwhelming popularity of basketball among blacks was because of this. You don’t have to be a team player to be considered good at basketball and a basketball team can win plenty of games without teamwork as long as it has good enough star players. It’s a highly individualistic sport, at least in its modern incarnation. One good player by himself can dominate the game. And unlike basetball or football, you can also play “1 on 1” if you want. You don’t even need teammates. And the rest of the black community LOVES that you are an individual star and admires it.

    As long as you are good, black basketball fans, which is all of them, don’t give two shits whether someone is a hot dog, that’s a white guy complaint. Blacks like hot dogs because hot dogs are selfish, just like them.

    Yes, the traditional white guy passing offense – a la Princeton – is beautiful to watch, but they still usually get their asses kicked by a bunch of tall black guys who can constantly go to the rim and dunk at will… and playing good defense away from the ball is a white thing, too. As far as most blacks are concerned, if I don’t have the ball, no one is watching me, and if no one is watching me, what’s the point?

  170. @Gamecock

    yes, it’s the same with drugs. They make you crazy, and they’re also a response to craziness.

    Booze and boredom. If you’re bored, you’ll drink. But if you drink too much, you’ll get bored by anything not including booze.

  171. Anonymous[222] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous

    They’re big children basically. Children have to unlearn their innate selfishness. It’s an important part of growing up. The world doesn’t revolve around you.

    • Agree: John Johnson
  172. Well, both sides generally believe in cause and effect, but conservatives tend to look for a cause that they can explain in real-world terms, whereas liberals tend to be more accepting of academic theories and pop psychology.

    One side is rewarded for their paranoid fantasies, and the other is marginalized and prosecuted, so it’s not surprising which side tends to thrive and spread more freely in current society.

  173. Art Deco says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Trump polled best with voters over 65, if the exit polls are to be given credit.

  174. @John Johnson

    How much is the blacks not phoning in reports of shootings etc. from a fear, likely well justified, that the police won’t protect them from violent retribution from the criminals they’re reporting on?

    How much is it from the fear, definitely well justified, that involving the police has a real possibility of getting anyone involved, criminal or innocent, including the caller, shot?

    • Replies: @John Johnson
  175. @John Johnson

    The majority do not have sons and brothers that are doing the shootings.

    But it’s increasingly a damn close run thing.

  176. @Anonymous

    It should be obvious by now that big business is no friend of the free market.

  177. Corvinus says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Do some NOTICING. This topic was already addressed long ago.

    https://www.science.org/content/article/new-study-questions-trope-conservatives-are-happier-liberals

    Years of psychological research have suggested that people who are politically conservative are happier than their liberal counterparts. This so-called “ideological happiness gap” has inspired elaborate theories for why conservatives enjoy life more than liberals do. But there may be no happiness gap at all. According to a new study published online today in Science, the tiny differences found in previous studies may have resulted from a slight tendency on the part of political conservatives to “self-enhance,” or view themselves in an unrealistically positive light.

    To get enough subjects to nail down this tiny statistical effect, the researchers used a website—YourMorals.org—open to people of any political persuasion. A total of 1433 people filled out and submitted not only the standard happiness questionnaire but also a series of questions called the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding. That instrument measures “the tendency to engage in self-deceptive enhancement.” For example, people who highly agree with statements such as “I am fully in control of my own fate,” or, “I never regret my decisions,” are deemed to be self-enhancing.

    Sure enough, the new study finds that people’s political conservatism was slightly correlated with their tendency to self-enhance. That effect is tiny, but still big enough to explain away the happiness gap, according to the researchers.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  178. @Anonymous

    I disagree with this very strongly.

    Rather proving the point.

  179. Corvinus says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    “I would have thought that conservatives were much more inclined towards the paranoid illnesses and personality disorders, due to spending most of their spare time listening to conspiracy theories on the radio instead of music.”

    Now, now, I suppose we should not fall into the trap of labeling political opponents as being mentally ill (or evil, for that matter), as that demonstrates irrationality and confirmation bias. Oh, what the hell, since iSteve is making wild generalizations, I can counter with truths.

    DECEITFULNESS: Google “How many times Trump lied”

    DELUSIONS: Trickle-down economics (need we say anymore)

    DENIAL: Sydney Powell never insisted the U.S. Army seized Dominion servers in Germany that proved Trump votes were switched to Biden. /sarcasm

    Interesting to note that fMRI images revealed that individuals of a conservative political orientation are generally more risk-averse and fearful than liberals due to a comparatively more active amygdala. But, to be fair, evidence does not support an association with conservatism and paranoid schizophrenia.

    Then, there is this from an Hbd perspective (Neuropolitics.org):

    Previc’s review of religiosity and mental disorders also adds fuel to the fire of a schizophrenic-conservative link. Previc writes “psychotic delusions are a common feature of mania, [temporal lobe epileptic] psychosis, and paranoid schizophrenia…all of these disorders are to varying degrees associated with overactivity of the fronto-temporal pathways (mostly on the left side), elevated [dopamine], and a bias toward extrapersonal space”. […] The conservatives seem to be more prone to mental disorders of the left hemisphere, while, based on the evidence we’ve gathered, liberals are more prone towards depression and anxiety disorders, which are predominately right hemispheric in origin. The mental disorder evidence supports both Brack’s hemisphericity theory of political orientation and Previc’s dopaminergic-spatial theory of religiosity.

    • Replies: @Boomthorkell
  180. Rob says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    That was great. If i were given a happiness survey after reading that, my happiness rating would have been up a tick or two.

  181. @obwandiyag

    Paying for your handouts is not the same as not doing it all on your own. Obywandiag is a net tax consumer by a 10-1 benefit-to-contribution ratio.

  182. @Corvinus

    I wonder where the modern cult of castratio/Self mutilation in the West figures into. It sounds certainly more “American Left Wing” in the sense that “American conservativism” does espouse it.

  183. @Corvinus

    Now, don’t be shrill Corvinus.

  184. @Recently Based

    All insurance systems are redistributive. If your \$350K house burns three years into the mortgage, you the homeowner are the net beneficiary of a massive positive distribution from the pool of policy holders.

  185. Brutusale says:
    @Anonymous

    In order to fix a problem, you have to admit that there’s a problem.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/babylon-mom-its-important-to-spend-a-lot-of-time-doing-self-care-and-also-has-anyone-seen-aiden/

    Is that bottle of chardonnay that was finished off before 1 PM a problem? None of the women in my neighborhood seems to think so.

  186. @That Would Be Telling

    How much is the blacks not phoning in reports of shootings etc. from a fear, likely well justified, that the police won’t protect them from violent retribution from the criminals they’re reporting on?

    The evidence is in the lack of anonymous calls and tips.

    How much is it from the fear, definitely well justified, that involving the police has a real possibility of getting anyone involved, criminal or innocent, including the caller, shot?

    Not at all justified. Police shootings involving innocent people are extremely rare while innocent people are killed nightly by criminals in these areas.

  187. @Travis

    https://nypost.com/2021/11/02/men-with-golden-penis-syndrome-ruining-romance-for-women/

    GPS has resulted in smug males engaging in dastardly dating practices because they are confident that another woman will always be available. College educated men have developed GPS because they are in such high demand by white single females lacking a steady relationship.

  188. mongoos says:

    So it’s true, then, as Dr Michael Savage has been saying for years: LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER.

    Webster’s dictionary would agree. Liberals are megalomaniacs. Megalomania is defined as “a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur, wealth, power, etc.”

    I rest my case.

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