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Liberal Syndrome

Many of us who are conservatives have noted the childishness, aggressiveness toward anything or anyone perceived as "not liberal", and other alarming behaviors of so many liberals (we need a better word for it, people; "liberal" suggests "classical liberal," which is not the same thing). Well, why not work that up the way medical problems are, describing the hallmarks of the syndrome and trying to find possible causes of it? Is diet, e.g., junk food or food to which people can be allergic, involved in it? A history of drug abuse? Whatever it is, it causes irrational states of mind and behavior, and we really need to find out what it is.

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galadrion
Aug. 17th, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Randian Altruism. If you look at her articles and other nonfiction, you'll discover that she's done pretty much just that. Incidentally, the problem is semantic and epistemological at base, not dietary or otherwise external. Modern Liberalism is, quite literally, a mimetic infection.
polaris93
Aug. 17th, 2016 10:57 pm (UTC)
Very seriously, liberals often resort to "diets" that don't work but do leave the dieter significantly malnourished. They spend wayyy too much time in front of the TV or using their electronic gadgets, which do expose them to significant amounts of radiation -- which means they don't get out in the sun enough and walk a lot. And so on. Many conservatives do that, too, but the "mimetic infection" you speak of only works if the emotional brain is susceptible to it. Many of us do grow up -- when I was young, I voted Democrat and all the rest of it, but changed as time went by, and I suspect the same is true for lots of others who are now conservatives. But during those years I took good care of my health in all sorts of ways, and that may have helped me to grow up and look at the world realistically. Memes have to work in physical brains -- and physical brains include the emotional/limbic brain, the fight-flight centers, and all the rest. So don't dismiss medical concerns so lightly. They, too, are part of our lives and help to share our character and intelligence as time goes by.
galadrion
Aug. 19th, 2016 12:12 am (UTC)
It sounds more reasonable to me that those diets and other problematic lifestyle choices are an effect of poor thinking habits than a cause of them - these people do stupid things because they don't think well, rather than not thinking well because of the stupid things they do.

As for the mimetic infection only working if the (emotional) brain is susceptible to it... well, most of them started learning those habits of thought in the cradle, from parents who were either the Woodstock crowd or who wanted to be. Not many emotional safeguards in place at that age, typically...
polaris93
Sep. 2nd, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
Actually, a feedbacl loops is probably in place when it comes to diet and poor thinking. The bad diet makes you stupid; the stupidity makes for poor dietary choices; the latter make you stupider; and so on.

As for learning habits of thought in the cradle, I would dispute that. Children below the age of two can't intellectualize. They can manipulate some symbols in their minds, but what you're talking about involves complex thought for which a baby or pre-toddler isn't ready. The neurological architecture needed to be able to think clearly and coherently is in place by three years old or older. Infants don't have that at all. Babies between six months and two years absorb information like a sponge, but haven't developed most of the context needed to give it meaning and make it useful. By two, most children can talk fairly well, and by three they can make simple analyses and make some sort of judgments about their world. Many learn to read by age 3. I did, and there have been countless others. Children below the age of four or five love to learn, and need only a little encouragement to do so. So meaningful parental indoctrination can only start about the time the child is three years old. Before that, what the child learns is simpler and very immediate, and doesn't tend to lend itself to useful predictions.
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