Or, if you wish, The mystery of the Tea Party
This is a topic I am really interested in. I don’t have time to write a lot about it now, but here is a series of very interesting articles I found on the Internet.
In particular, these articles contain a series of maps which allow us to understand how education gaps shape the political viewpoint of people. They are particularly interesting when taken together and superposed.
- From the BBC: Why do people vote against their own interests?
- International Relations and Security Network (ISN) Why Do the Poor Support Right-Wing Parties? A Cross-National Analysis (not exactly a leftist think-tank!)
- America’s Best (and Worst) Educated States (in a website for investors; not a lefty viewpoint either, though people forget we also invest!). It gives data on the percentage of the American population of certain states who has a college degrees, their income, the unemployment rate and so forth. We all have hunches about these relationships but it’s nice to see the actual numbers.
- Why The Middle Class And Poor Vote Against Their Best Interests (a bit shallow but I want to have as many points of view as possible)
- Is the Ultra-Right Insane? (They May Just Be!) – Communist Party USA so if Marx gives you heartburn, just skim it 🙂
- Tagwalk (a tool I just discovered. The possibilities are endless.)
- Review of a book that tries to establish progressives are the ones who are mad: The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness. From a right-wing blog.
- Social consensus through the influence of committed minorities. Another scholarly research with pretty scary conclusions. I like the word « committed » 🙂 in this context. Mind you, it almost worked (I am writing 2 days after Mr. Obama won a second term)
- LiveScience: Low IQ & Conservative Beliefs Linked to Prejudice (heh heh; I already imagine the shitstorm I am going to get for this). Contains links to other material.
- Facts? we don’t need your stinking facts! Why right-wing Americans are so stubbornly ignorant
- A perfect example of this attitude: Karl Rove on Fox Nov 6 and 7, 2012 – Karl Rove can’t handle the truth (L.A. Times) Cognitive dissonance at its best. If only that pesky reality-based community would only leave him alone… Well, actually he failed, but he is too ignorant to see it (Dunning-Kruger effect).
- Fascist America, in 10 easy steps Manchester Guardian From 2007 but interesting in this context. Because it works. And Mr. Obama is maintaining the trend, no mistake about it.
There is also an interaction between low education and a tendency to have racist ideas:
- Daily Mail (U.K.): Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study
- New York Times Opinion pages: How Racist Are We? Ask Google
- Another article on the same research: Google Searches Show Where Racism May Hurt Obama’s Presidential Campaign
- Which Search Engine’s Users Are The Most Racist?
A snapshot of the world poor people live in:
- The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More. Washington Post. Poverty in real life as opposed to right-wing rhetoric.