Mr.Gib wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:46 pm
synchronicity wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:48 am
How does (or would) the book explain that conservative people (or let's say those that are labelled by others as "far right") seem to be less fearful of COVID-19?
It isnt so much less fear of COVID, but a greater fear of perceived lack of control and loss of liberty. It is a terrifying thing for many people to give over control of their personal health to state authorities. I don't think people who are compliant with health measures designed to arrest a pandemic are necessarily any more or less fearful of that pandemic than anyone else. They just see their actions of compliance as a practical solution to a problem. I would assume their fear is at the appropriate level to motivate logical action.
The "book" might explain why people who are afraid of vaccination or resist vaccination or other health measures (loss of control, liberty, etc.) are that way because of evolution in groups. Our genetic make up is not from survival of the fittest. It is from survival of the fittest group. If you perceive an outside group as taking your authority it will inspire fear of loss of control/liberty. Afterall an outside group is necessarily a competitor with mal intent and should be automatically feared and hated, or so it was as humans evolved eons ago, and so it still may be as our ancient genetics tell may tell us.
Read the book. You won't be dissappointed. It is extraordinay and not in anyway boring despite its highly intellectual subject matter.
I can add it to my list of books to read, yes.
I think people tend to get more conservative with age. I used to be much more progressive. And now I am more conservative. Now I like to think of myself as lying somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum.
I can read through the lines and I can tell that you are politically progressive leaning. And there's nothing wrong with that. I can tell because you have already thrown the word "racism" around, mentioned "fear of regulation" (referring to guns & COVID perhaps without explicitly saying so?). But then after that you just did what you are accusing others of, when you said "the source of much backwardness". You are essentially saying that your 'side' (or your opinion) is less 'backward' than others. In other words, you are coming off as pertaining to a 'superior' group.
I think that the left is more fearful of the environment (and so they should be, because technology certainly has negative consequences)
and the right is more fearful of immigration (and more specifically, islamism). And so they should be, because it brings with it terrorism, case in point, the bomb that went off in Pakistan yesterday.
Both sides are not wrong.
My real point is though that both sides are fearful of something, not just one side.