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I've always thought that it has to do with the Baby Boomers. When they were young, the country was liberal and sex orgies were everywhere. When the Boomers reached middle career in the 1980s, the stock market took off and greed was good. And as the Boomers got older and more attached to their money and no longer had orgies, they became conservatives and the country once again followed.
Pretty much the entire political history of the past 60 years has revolved around what stage in life the Boomers were at. Unfortunately, by the time the Boomers die off, the Millennials will be entering their conservative phase.
As far as I can tell, America is getting more liberal. Just look at all the new welfare programs that keep getting introduced. It's never been a better time to be an irresponsible deadbeat.
The article is very interesting, but it doesn't really get at the reason why people hold a political ideology. I am remain fascinated with conservative ideology, largely because I don't understand how people arrive at their conclusions. For example, to chose from one of many, take global warming.
Frequently the counter arguments try to use anecdotal evidence (man it was cold last week) or just bad data. The best data we have is pretty conclusive the planet is warming up. Looking at ocean temperatures from multiple sources from across the globe, it shows a clear and steady rise can in ocean temperatures over the last 50 years (long before people thought about global warming). Not only that, but water is quite conductive of heat, mixes reasonably well with the tides, and has the highest thermal mass of any common molecule on the planet. On top of that It covers 70% of the surface of the planet, which when all combined, leads to one inescapable conclusion. The planet is warming up.
Now there is lots of stuff you can argue about with regards to global warming. Will England turn into an winter wonder land? Will Disney world sink into the ocean? But the basic fact that the earth is warming is not up for debate.
Yet such an important fact, is just out right refuted by a large percentage of population. An interesting question is why are the deniers so heavily skewed towards Republicans. What is even weirder is that Republicans use to pride themselves on being fact base, while claiming democrats are emotional.
Overall it seems that Democrat's positions are much more logically based, even if they are based on flawed assumptions. The Republican's just seemed to have rejected logic entirely.
If things continue to the point where facts become irrelevant, will a huge divide grow until there are two distinct camps that can see nothing in common with each other and go to civil war (like Catholics and Protestants in Europe)? Will we finally find common ground and make progress in moving forward? Or will this internecine battle continue with sniping on both sides, but never progress to full out war as America slides to be second tier power?
I don't really have any answers here, just confusion.
Do folks have any thoughts?
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