Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What makes a political conservative?

Haven't you ever wondered what makes a person a conservative? Well, Haven't you?

Back in 2003 some professors got together, did a lot of research and came up with a report about just that.

I think most of us will find the report's conclusions quite interesting. Conservatives probably wouldn't.

Researchers help define what makes a political conservative.

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

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

Fear and aggression
Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
Uncertainty avoidance
Need for cognitive closure
Terror management

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I did not mean that Conservatives are generally stupid; I meant, that stupid persons are generally Conservative. I believe that to be so obvious and undeniable a fact that I hardly think any hon. Gentleman will question it.

John Stuart Mill (May 20 1806 – May 8 1873)