So, after all my huzzaing of RIA's Return (yes 'pick, both of them) (bastard) let's talk about me. One of the things I think is odd about about myself (hey, if I'm going to be narcicistic, I'm going whole hog) is the dichotomy between my 'personal life' and my 'politics'. In terms of what I do, I'm pretty 'conservative' (with the noted exception of religion). I'm not and have never been a club-kid, I dress 'traditionally' (if sloppily, at times), I tend to not like especially 'experimental' movies and music, etc. I'm for capitalism and football (though I like soccer also) and cheeseburgers and beer.
In comparison my politics are demonstrably leftish, though I'd prefer to describe myself as some combination of "Independant" and/or "Centrist", though certainly not "Moderate." (See here for definitional help) Though, my driving ideology is that while I have what I think are the answers for me who am I to tell you what you can do. Of course, I'll tell you what I think you should but that's A) just me being an ass; and B) an opinion, which you can take or leave. Once you start turning "opinions" into laws, backed by men with guns, I start to get the willies. (Across the range of social 'vices' I'm about as permissive as they come, though I participate in very few of them myself. Of course, I don't consider gambling a vice, but that's because I am/was good at it. But I digress.)
Anyway, all this rambling brings me to a study from neuropolitics.org (via the Battlepanda) I ran across a few weeks ago about the differences between liberals and conservatives. Understanding that "anectdote" is not the singular of "data", I thought I'd take a look at some of the findings and see how well I fit the stereotype.
Liberals are more inclined to believe that the rich and powerful have a negative social value.
Nope. I would posit that a goodly percentage of 'rich people' got that way on some form of personal merit. Bill Gates earned every penny. As did Warren Buffet. Athletes are exceedingly good in a discipline that is well compensated because of popular interest. So, no, I don't think rich people are bad. I think they are self-interested, which is fine, but due to their wealth, they may have dispraportionate influence. Social justice, veil of ignorance, blah blah, you've heard it all before...
Among men, conservatives are more active in high school sports.
Extroverts have a better sense of smell than introverts.
Extroverts tend to be more conservative and more religious.
Conservatives like the colors red and dark blue. Liberal men like dark green; liberal women like light blue.
I wear mostly, wait for it, dark blues, greys and occasionally red. Not so much with the green.
Conservatives tend to be morning people.
Well, if anything marks me as Looney Left Liberal, this is it.
Among women, conservatives are more likely to be sex-obsessed than liberals.
I'm clearly in the wrong party then. The 'Ladies Night' theory of political affiliation?
Liberals curse more than conservatives.
Bullshit. I give you Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and Toni Scalia...
Conservatives like beef more than liberals.
MMMMM. Steak. Tofu sucks. Lots.
Liberals are more depressed than conservatives.
Correlation/Causation problem here, methinks.