What’s up with older, conservative white dudes? Apart from the fact that they pretty much run Congress, multi-billion dollar corporations and banks, and your local Fist-Shakers Club?
Well, that power and crankitude affords them the ability to guide public opinion through setting the tone and framing any single debate.
Today’s example is climate change.
David Roberts’s cleverly titled article in Girst, “Stuff white people like: denying climate change” itemizes the inner depths of the CWM (conservative white men) psyche.
Just what are they thinking whenever they’re confronted with such hippy-dippy-doctrine as “we pollute a crap ton of carbon and it’s affecting the climate”? Here’s a tidbit from their inner-monologue:
“Meh! It’s not gonna harm me and my man-made island, so I really don’t care. And if the tide gets too high, I’ll just climb into my private jet and move to Greenland, where it’ll be sunny and 80 degrees, for some strange reason.” (White male effect)
“And while in my private jet, I’ll pour jet fuel all over San Francisco because it’s the law-of-the-jungle people! Pollute or be polluted!” (Social dominance orientation)
[phone rings] “Hello? What?! Carbon emissions tax?! That will ruin us! Don’t these pinheads know that we’re job creators and if we can’t churn out a billion Reagan bobble-heads by the end of this quarter then we’ll have to lay off millions of workers?” (System justifying tendencies)
“I was just talking to Bjorn Lomborg the other day and he says it’s all barnacle-sauce. Polar bears aren’t really dying off because of climate change, it’s because of some ice thing. I’m a job creator!” (Identity-protective cognition)
“Get me Fox News!” (Epistemic closure)