I've never seen it happen once. The article says it's possible. But ... the real question is ... Is It Probable?
Here's the problem:
Fariss Samarrai, author of the study, American Liberals and Conservatives Think as if From Different Cultures states, “…political thought was somewhat malleable. They discovered that if they trained holistic thinkers to think analytically, for example, to match scarf with mitten, they would subsequently start viewing the world more liberally (though not on economic policy). Likewise, liberals, if trained to think holistically, would come to form more conservative opinions.”
What is the possibility the Right Wing Noise Machine and their minions are even open to training? Have you ever witnessed a FoxNews-viewing-Limbaugh-listening poltroon willing to consider for even one second to look at anything differently? We’re not talking about house-breaking a dog here. We’re talking about making someone change their world view which is much harder than training a dog to go pee outside.
This Crooks and Liars article embodies the core problem of the "liberal" attitude. Liberals believe that if somehow we could only get them to acknowledge facts then everything would be as right as rain. And too much time and energy is spent on trying to figure out the right approaches. Fat-Effing-Chance. Like it's up to us to figure out the magic "somehow" over and over again that will finally finallyfinally jump start their thinking processes. Well guess what. The Conservative Mind can't help but suffer from a lifetime of consequent neglect.
These articles make me crazy. It's just another example of mushy-headed liberals trying one more time to figure out how to get crazy stupid people to stop being crazy stupid people. The real studies nobody wants to talk about are how the actual brain structure of conservatives is different from liberals.
" ... A 2011 study by cognitive neuroscientist Ryota Kanai's group at University College London published in Current Biology, found a correlation between differences in political views and differences in brain structures in a convenience sample of students from University College London."
Differences in Conservative and Liberal Brains
16 peer-reviewed studies show liberals and conservatives physiologically different
Smoking literally physically changes the brain. The brain develops extra receptors to accommodate the large doses of nicotine from tobacco. The more you smoke, the longer you smoke, the more nicotine receptors are created in the brain. The resulting expanded receptor pool contributes to the craving and agony of smoking withdrawal. Non-smokers don't "get" why smokers have such a hard time quitting because they don't have chunks of their brains screaming for MORE NICOTINE. They don't understand that the real problem isn't a lack of desire to quit smoking, poor judgment, lack of will power or poor money management skills. The real problem is how to deal with a brain that has been physically re-structured to need nicotine. And how does one go about restructuring their brain? Sounds kinda hard doesn’t it?
How the hell would a liberal go about getting a conservative to change his/her brain structure? It is tantamount to asking a conservative to levitate by next Thursday. Won't happen. Can't happen. It's one of those TWNH moments.
“... In the current study, Kanazawa argues that humans are evolutionarily designed to be conservative, caring mostly about their family and friends ...”
Zillions of years ago a "conservative" brain came in pretty handy. That helped the family/tribe unit to survive. The paleo-conservative did whatever it took to get whatever was needed to keep their DNA rolling down through the ages. The paleo-conservative took care of his/her own and told everybody else, "I've got mine ... Screw You." That's being "evolutionarily familiar." Acquisitiveness is an evolutionarily familiar trait that kept the paleo-conservatives alive during the lean times. Millions of years later, completely over-the-top acquisitiveness is the hallmark of the out-of-control, voracious 1%.
Kanazawa continues, “... being liberal, caring about an indefinite number of genetically unrelated strangers they never meet or interact with, is evolutionarily novel.”
So empathy is an evolutionarily novel trait. Above all it is the single trait that could lead to the survival of the planet and everything that lives on it. The evolutionarily novel human beings care about the survival of their DNA ... and everybody else's as well.
The gasbags talk about The Culture War. There is no culture war. There isn't even a war. The evolutionarily familiar human beings are driven on a cellular level to acquire and consume everything. They don't have on "off" switch. There's no such thing as ... Enough. There is only ... More. Their thermostat is broken and it’s getting really hot in here.
It’s not about a clash of cultures ... it’s a clash between brains. And from everything I've seen since I started paying attention, I'll bet the evolutionarily familiar crowd will soon be celebrating a Pyrrhic victory as the oceans rise. They’ll be chanting We’re Number One … We’re Number Glub. Glub Glubbitty Glub.
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My Favorite(?) Excerpt
The discrepancy between the kind of society many Germans thought they were building and the reality of the horror of the Third Reich presents one of the most intriguing questions of our age. How could Fascism -- have happened in a modern, industrialized, educated nation?
Click here for the excerpt from They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1955) by Milton Mayer
Books I Give To People I Know and Maybe They'll Still Talk To Me But Probably Won't
Deep Green Resistance - Strategy to Save the Planet
Aric McBay, Lierre Keith, and Derrick Jensen
For years, Derrick Jensen has asked his audiences, “Do you think this culture will undergo a voluntary transformation to a sane and sustainable way of life?” No one ever says yes.
Deep Green Resistance starts where the environmental movement leaves off: industrial civilization is incompatible with life. Technology can’t fix it, and shopping—no matter how green—won’t stop it. To save this planet, we need a serious resistance movement that can bring down the industrial economy. Deep Green Resistance evaluates strategic options for resistance, from nonviolence to guerrilla warfare, and the conditions required for those options to be successful.
Clicking on the book links to Deep Green Resistance website.
The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder
by Vincent Bugliosi
"I hope that at some time in the near future a courageous U.S. attorney general, U.S. attorney, state attorney general, or district attorney in America who is committed to the rule of law and who has dedicated his career to enforcing the law fairly against all who, big or small, violate it, will hear the cries for justice from the graves of the thousands upon thousands of men, women, and children who had their lives violently cut short because of the lies of a man who smiled through it all. And that, with a sense of uncompromising righteousness, he will take the ample case I have laid out in this book before an American jury to let them decide whether George W Bush is guilty or not guilty of murder, and if so, what his punishment should be.
Even if this doesn't happen and what I have said in this book receives all the attention of a new fly in the forest, I do know that someone had to say what is written on the pages of this book."
From The Prosecution of George W. Bush For Murder by Vincent Bugliosi, page 168.
Clicking on the book links to the book's website.
Vincent Bugliosi testifying before the House Judiciary Committee of the U.S. Congress.
Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
by Russ Baker
How did Bush happen? How did George W. Bush, of all people, rise to the most powerful position in the world? This simple question sparked a five-year investigative odyssey by Russ Baker. What he found will force us to rethink virtually everything we thought we knew about the Bush family and its role in shaping recent American history.
In FAMILY OF SECRETS, Baker reveals that Bush, the people around him, and his policies are but an extreme, very public manifestation of what his family and its circle have always been about: an interlocking web of covert and overt machinations on behalf of a small cluster of elites-social, financial, industrial, military, intelligence-that enabled the Bush dynasty and propelled George W. Bush to the top.
Clicking on the book links to the Powell's Books online store.
Rules for Radicals
by Saul D Alinsky
"What follows is for those who want to change the world from what it is to what they believe it should be. The Prince was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. Rules for Radicals is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away."
In 1971, Saul Alinsky wrote an entertaining classic on grassroots organizing titled Rules for Radicals.
For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting what is wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
The End of America: Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot
by Naomi Wolf
In a stunning indictment of the Bush administration and Congress, best-selling author Naomi Wolf lays out her case for saving American democracy. In authoritative research and documentation Wolf explains how events of the last six years parallel steps taken in the early years of the 20th century’s worst dictatorships such as Germany, Russia, China, and Chile.
Clicking on the book links to the publisher's website.
As Basil Fawlty keenly observed: but ... this is no joke.
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
by Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
Clicking on the book links to the author's website.
If you like Sean, Rush, Bill-O, Savage, and dutifully watch Fox ... You'll hate listening to Mike. I listen every day.
"Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections" As the 2008 presidential elections draw near and disillusioned voters are still reeling from the election fraud scandals of 2004 and 2006, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker David Earnhardt takes a logical and factual look at just how easy it is to alter election results and undermine the integrity of the entire democratic process. By speaking with a series of renowned computer programmers, journalists, statisticians, and even seasoned election officials, chilling proof that the people may not be guiding the direction of our country after all. Click here to go to the "Uncounted" website.
"Iraq For Sale" An eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" website.
"War Made Easy" exposes a 50-year pattern of government deception and media spin that has dragged the United States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. Click here to go to the "War Made Easy" website.