Saturday, September 01, 2012

Something you will never hear from today's demented GOP

"[W]e cannot afford to reduce taxes, reduce income, until we have in sight a program of expenditures that shows that the factors of income and of outgo will be balanced." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Via Corey Robin's essay on the evolution of Republicans from a party of austerity to one of magical underpants gnomes (i.e. step 1: cut taxes, step 2: ???, step 3: profit).


Anonymous said...

The paragraph following this one refers to your post of Tuesday, November 13, 2007
"The Manichean Style in American Politics". Much of the behavior of the GOP and the Tea Party can be rationalized in terms of Jonathan Haidt's body of published work. His 2010 paper in Plos One discusses the Tea Party. I find his earlier work on conservatives/liberals more convincing (differences are much larger) but it is still interesting. If you don't have access to on-line journals you can find this one on Google Scholar:
Understanding Libertarian Morality: "The Psychological Dispositions of Self-Identified Libertarians."

Great post 11/13/07! Have you read papers by Jonathan Haidt (probably the best experimental moral psychologist)? Part of the differences between conservatives and liberals that explains a lot about their behavior is the different bases for their morality. His published surveys indicate that purity and in-group are much more important to conservatives while harm and fairness are more important for liberals. Twin studies indicate that a good part of these differences are probably inherited. Strong purity and in-group feelings provide a solid base for Manicheanism.

Hume's Ghost said...

I know of Haidt (vaguely familiar with his work) but have not read him.