Saturday, March 24, 2012


by Jack Reeves

According to the Journal of Current Biology, political liberalism and conservatism correlate with differing brain structures and their interaction with environmental factors.

Consequently, comparatively and generally, conservatives are more sensitive to what they perceive as threatening, are consciously or unconsciously class conscious, and tend to embrace simplistic, dogmatic explanations, including religious.

Hence, strong defense (fear), less government (classism), "Marriage is between one man and one woman" (explanation).

Given the hard-wired differences between the political right and left, are compromise and cooperation possible?

Conservatives, can you suppress your brain biology? If possible, I'll support leaner government for less of your fear, faith and fiction-driven ideology.

I struggle to suppress "When pigs fly."


mythopolis said...

A marvelously succinct essay!!

Stickup Artist said...

I would think it a terrible way to exist, living in fear.