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The More Republicans Know About Politics, the More They Believe Conspiracy Theories

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In the mainstream political press, the standard practices of neutrality and balance carry with them an implicit assumption: that Democrats and Republicans are separate but equal in their ideological biases. The trouble is, data from psychologists and ...


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Terry V (30)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:13 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:30 pm
Noted. I found it interesting that it's considered a conspiracy that G.W. Bush stole the 2004 election....that has been proven. The OH servers were rigged...just as they tried to do it again this year, but were thwarted by Anonymous.

Kit B (276)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:44 pm

I don't accept conspiracy theories, just what kind of conspiracy slips out all over the Internet? I do think, from personal observation, that republicans take an inordinate amount of pride in winning an election. That some one has attempted to "rig" elections is as old as this country, that it is successful is another question. Bush didn't have to "rig" 2000, a Supreme Court Justice step out of his given role, and interfered with a recount. That made the election ripe for controversy, followed quickly by conspiracy.
Very good article.

Jason S (50)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:49 pm
Good posting, thanks

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:29 pm
Well done Carrie!

Carrie B (306)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:39 pm
I think of one word when reading comments made by many republicans on care2 ~ rigid! That makes them very susceptible to conspiracy theories that support and validate their feelings.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:51 pm
Fascinating! this explains why there were some people, even as the Nixon presidency was in vvirtual self-destruct mode, late in that jackasses tenure, who believed he was doing a fine job!

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:02 pm
Interesting -but little surprise there, thx Carrie. But I wonder how exactly the researchers can tell true facts from conspiracy theories. As for the last sentence there, even without that research result we KNOW Obama will have a tough 2nd term simply by experience from the past 4 yrs and repubs words and actions. No pondering.

John B (185)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:14 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article Chris Mooney and the links provided in the article. Excellent piece. I thought is represented the very real mentality differences between the GOP and Democratic party members quite well. Read and noted.

JL A (281)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:53 pm
Two things of special value in remembering here, based on the actual data:
" I wrote about in my book The Republican Brain—conservatives are known to have a higher need for cognitive closure—the desire to have a fixed belief, an unwavering sense of certainty, about politics and all aspects of life." That seems to align with an expectation of seeing a rigidity resistant to learning data or facts or ideas affecting the beliefs.
"...the idea that everybody is equally biased, but in different directions, continues to have a key weakness—namely, the data."

Michael C (217)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 2:49 am
I just don't even know what the answer is, to try to rationalize with Republicans any more...I have a few family ,members, and friends who are Republicans, and you just can't even talk to them anymore, they come up with some of the wildest shit, I ever heard...You just can't have a normal sane conversation with them anymore...That's not good, when you can't communicate with someone you disagree with...

. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:00 am
thanks, Carrie for the posting, and good comments!

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:42 am
Thank You for posting this article, which I found interesting Carrie.Enjoyed some of the good comments!

BG Callahan (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:02 pm
Is the idea of a co-operative civilization, a democratic republic, unsustainable in the long run due to these polarities? Are reactionary strongmen, political and religious, destined to rule all? We who have flexible minds capable of tolerating ambiguity, relative values and ethics, creative solution-finding are hated by many of the Republicans and religionists. We have our work cut out for us, to keep people free.

pam w (139)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:57 pm
Nature always tries to fill a VACUUM.

Those who can't be part of the "real" US try to fill their empty heads with conspiracies!

And there you are.

Probably not a coincidence that the fundamentalists (who just LOVE myths) are so often part of the conspiracist groups.

Cyan Dickirs (9)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:53 pm
There are no standards of neutrality and balance in the mainstream political press. "Carrie" is biased and ignorant. Carter is the only Dem pres who never got very good press. Every other one, from Kennedy to Clinton to BO esp got coddled, praised, protected, polished, primped and excused, their corruptions, mistakes, faux pas, peccadillos, sexual indiscretions, immoralities, outright lies were either ignored, weakly excused while their critics were mercilessly excoriated as ignorant, religious idiots, racist bigots, esp during the BO years.

Cyan Dickirs (9)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:58 pm
Sorry, I have to correct my post I said "Carrie" is biased. I meant Chris, who wrote the article.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:39 pm
Noted/thanks Carrie

JL A (281)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:46 pm
The paper reporting the survey results is at:
I couldn't find anything changing what the reported results were in the MJ article, so any bias 'Chris" might or might not have would not affect the numbers and data reported, which is the majority of the information it contained.

MmAway M (511)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:17 pm
~) ???

MmAway M (511)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:21 pm
Why are you guys always smacking Republicans???? #!#! I have loved JFK ` BOBBY and others never did I ever SMAK DEMOCRATES. Have a ton of fun since I am not going to take a peek into this. Two sides and it is NOT ONE SIDE EVER. GET A GRIP!!!!!!!

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 5:19 am
noted, thanks Cher

P A (117)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 5:38 am
"Indeed, the noted moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt has found that Republicans are simply more tribal about politics, more loyal and favoring of their in-group (see Figure 1)." The academics have just proved what we have known for a long time now. Thanks Carrie 0 would love to give you and JLA another star but the computer won't let me yet.

paul m (93)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 6:26 am

In my book the're all the same,, just look out for themselves,, How many points are we ahead in the polls ?

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 6:27 am
I disagree with the article, one knows facts, one believes ideology be it political or religious. The Repug/Tea Bagged along with being merged into the fundamentalist absolutism of the Christian Taliban of America have also converted their politics into the same religious model. Failure to believe in and act in accordance with the political ideology of the party are treated as sinners, heretics and apostates and driven out. They have simply begun using 'primaries' as Inquisitions to purge the unfaithful. This religious paradigm of faith and belief leads not only to a susceptibility to conspiracies and witch-hunts but an intentional use of them for power and control. It has become harder and harder to tell whether they have become unable or unwilling to tell the difference between fact and belief. Consider the Romney/Ryan campaign et alia on election night either being divorced from fact or unable to accept that what they believed was not true. And the problem goes on, the Repug/Tea Bagged acting like religious zealots preaching that it is not their Political hymn that is wrong it is the key thay are singing in that is to blame.

Gene J (290)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 8:52 am
"Among Democrats and independents, having a higher level of political knowledge was correlated with decreased belief in conspiracies. But precisely the opposite was the case for Republicans, where knowledge actually made the problem worse. For each political knowledge question that they answered correctly, Republicans' belief in at least one conspiracy theory tended to increase by 2 percentage points."

Why does this not surprise me? Oh, right, he got it at the end of the story. The rise of partisan media. In other words, Rupert Murdoch and his stable of faux personalities making up faux news on television, radio and in print. There have never been a more paranoid bunch than the teapublicans, though the republicans follow close on their heels. The very idea of liberty, let me live my way, and you live your way, so long as neither of us harms the other or the others ability to make their own choices in live has died and gone to wherever great ideas go when partisanship kills them dead. My own hope, naive though it is, is that some fine day we'll get back to the idea of true freedom and learn once again what we used to know, we are free only when we are ALL free.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:04 am
It's hard to see the forest for the trees when you have blinders on. This has been my experience with quite a few people who consider themselves Republicans. Honestly, I think they really don't want to see a bigger picture as it scares them. They like to think they have control over what is going on in their lives, and it they don't it's much too terrifying to comprehend. I'd rather have an open mind than live in a steel trap.

Nancy M (168)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:21 am
Gosh. Not true for all republicans but there certainly is a group of them out there, isn't there?

Interesting article. Thanks.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 11:46 am
There's a lot of things on the internet called conspiracy and yes they are fun to read but do they prove out over time? Do any of you know what a "slider" is and no it isn't the baseball pitch but it has the same affect when delivered properly. Slider is a CIA word used to elicit a specific response from the masses or from individuals.
Conspiracy is one of those words. It is the practice of combining true facts with incorrect facts in order to create doubt and to illicit a repulsion response by disassociating oneself from the person talking about it. When someone talks about 9/11 for example, most people immediately label him as a conspiracy nut and refuse to listen.

There are some interesting facts about JFK for example and about 9/11 which we for years refused to listen. That is how doubt is created and thereby allows the guilty parties to acquire plausible deniability.

I'm not a fan of the Bushes but Democrats like to blame him for all sorts of things such as the present economic conditions which really began with Nixon taking America off the gold standard; Reagan introducing revised Freidman economic austerity measures; Clinton signing off on legislation that closed out the Glass-Steagall banking regulations and of course Bush caving into sub prime mortgages under pressure from Democratic senators Boxer; Frank and Pelosi. That too if you really want to get into the nuts and bolts of it is a conspiracy. It is not a conspiracy if facts bear out the hypothesis over an extended period of time.

The sad part is that we can trace the economic curve back to its beginning to 1908 and the Jekyll Island conference that resulted in Wilson signing into legislation graduated income tax and centralized banking [the Fed] in 1913. The progression is now coming to fruition. Is it still a conspiracy? It used to be considered as such and I can remember as of 1982 it still was.

Back to 9/11 I find it interesting that Silverstein who used to own a large share portion in the WTC divested himself of it a month before the attack [he owns the Chicago Sears Tower]. Also the billions of dollars stored in the third building which many believed was a controlled "burn" has never been found. This was two weeks before a major independent audit was to have been conducted on the military.

So have fun but try to keep an open mind and use as much common sense as possible. Look at the amount of money people have made by fear mongering on such things as the Mayan doomsday and Planet X, which I might add according to the timetable presented by Sitchin and Alford won't be due for another 1400+ earth years.

No Winona there are not reptiles in the White House or at the UN; just those who think they are descended from the "gods" and perpetrate this usurious and destructive system on the planet and its constituents. Let's not forget the useful idiots who want to believe those controlling the computer technology that verifies it either. Isn't technology a wonderful thing? lol

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:31 pm
What pisses me off is that "my" Representative is a RepubliCON jerk, who's party aids & abets Birthers & every other nut-puppy Obama-Muslim, etc., yet has the nerve to call me (a 9/11 Truther) a Conspiracy Theorist! Freakin' LIARS are able to dismiss real people because THEY have a playbook to keep to..:(
9/11 could ONLY happen under Bu$h the Le$$er & Cheney the Mercile$$!

Carrie B (306)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:34 pm
Gee Yvonne, I really hate it when you hold back back like that. Tell us how you really feel :-)
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