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Cliven Bundy

Why does a taker who’s stealing from the taxpayers suddenly get to be a hero of the right? Because he thinks the USA shouldn’t exist?

« The past couple of years have seen a surge in conservatives demanding special rights to disobey universally applicable federal laws on the grounds that they don’t believe in them. This argument has largely been treated favorably by right-wing media that would definitely not extend that courtesy to anyone else. »

Bonus quote from the Nevada constitution:

“Third. That the people inhabiting said territory do agree and declare, that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within said territory, and that the same shall be and remain at the sole and entire disposition of the United States; …”

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Born liberal?

Eye-tracking studies are adding more data to the research indicating that liberals and conservatives are wired differently.

Conservatives are quicker to focus on anything objectionable, and they fix their attention on it. They have stronger fight-or-flight responses to threatening stimuli. Liberals, meanwhile, are more open to new experiences.

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Shandi-lee Cox via Compfight

It doesn’t end there, either. Tidy office? You’re probably conservative. And in a study of college dorms:

Liberals’ rooms on the other hand were marked by more clutter, including more CDs, a greater variety of CDs, a greater variety of books and more color in the room in general.

Looking at our house, we must be really fucking liberal.

Nice obedient pet dog? Conservative. A bunch of badly-behaved cats? Probably liberal. (I’m not sure what free-flying parakeets indicate.)

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Reading this on a Windows PC using Internet Explorer? You’re a conservative.

Now there’s even evidence that ideological tendencies may have a genetic component.

And of course, there are quizzes which can attempt to identify your politics based on such trivia.

But the more worrying thought is: if we’re born liberal or conservative, that suggests that it’s very unlikely that you can ever ‘convert’ someone by rational argument. They likely won’t even agree on facts, because they will perceive reality differently. It wasn’t such a problem when we all had to live alongside each other, but with the big sort still going on, how much worse will partisanship get?