Of course there is a still a spectrum of political values despite the two binaries operating here, but with issues of national import and/or attention, it's not apparent -- everything gets knocked into one box or the other, either because they believe in a particular side or because they don't believe in the OTHER side and don't want to see it take over.
(One could probably make a comparison with gender -- there's a wide spectrum of gendered behavior, but cultural influences still try to put everyone in two boxes and approach much of life through it.)
Oh, it's unhealthy... but I'm not sure that there's anything to do about it based on the underpinnings of our cultural mentality as well as the saturation of media where the loudest voices (or most entertaining voices) tend to control the frame of discussion.Do you think the trends of attempting to homogenise beliefs into the aforementioned ideologies has had a healthy or unhealthy effect on politics in the USA?
All true... and there are personality traits that are typical of our Repubs vs Dems here as well, in terms of the embrace vs suspicion of change; views of the role of authority; willingness to take risks; openness to new ideas; fear of the unknown.Originally Posted by ajblaise
I'm not sure I'd say liberals are smarter, but I think IQ tests are skewed toward having flexible multi-directional thinking, not more entrenched linear processing. The thread title might easily have been that IQ tests are skewed toward more liberal thought patterns.
(Although your point about the anti-intellectual streak running through many of the conservative bully-pulpit media heroes is well noted.)