Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Confused conservatives

This Atlantic piece doesn't tell us anything we don't know already. Poor, uneducated, religious, blue collar workers self-identify as conservatives. They fiercely support an ideology that is designed to keep them poor, stupid and under the thumb of the wealth holders.

What would be interesting would be to see how the numbers have changed over the years in relation to media consolidation and the decline of fact-based journalism. Because it's not that these people are genetically stupid. They believe the lies because the media allows the lies to not only go unchallenged, but reports them as if they're equivalent to facts. This is particularly true among the elderly who believe it's illegal to lie on the teevee and those who don't use the internet to fact check.

And of course, self-identify is the key word here. Because many studies also show that when presented with policy choices, the so-called conservatives actually support liberal policies. As long as you don't tell them it's liberal. Truth is most of these self professed conservatives don't really understand the ideology or the ultimate goals of the professional shills who make a very good living by lying to them. It's more like they're saying we are not liberals, because liberals are fascistmarxistcommunists, so we must be cons. Sadly, the con is on them, to the detriment of all.

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