“…for those who lack a cognitive ability to grasp complexities of our world, strict-right wing ideologies may be more appealing.”
-Goal Auzeen Saedi, Ph.D., via Do Racism, Conservatism, and Low I.Q. Go Hand in Hand? (Psychology Today)
^^^I’ve been saying this for years.
I don’t believe it is a phenomena that only applies to conservatives though. People are so pandered to these days that there is a sort of widespread fear and disdain towards complexity and ambiguity. Everybody exposed to 21st century media culture is at risk. Why study a subject, read a book, or even read a piece of quality journalism when some talking head whose platform is specifically tailored to your pre-existing idealogical dispositions is happy to spin a convenient and non-challenging little narrative for you. Who cares if it’s manipulative or even straight up fabricated? Critical thought is for pansies and I WANT MY MEDIA AND RELIGION TO HIT MY LIZARD BRAIN LIKE CRYSTAL METH HOT SAUCE.
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