George V. Reilly

What Makes a Conservative?

What Makes a Conservative?

(Originally posted to Politics at EraBlog on Sun, 27 Jul 2003 02:22:19 GMT)

I found an in­ter­est­ing piece about what makes a political con­ser­v­a­tive.

Four re­searchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of con­ser­vatism report that at the core of political con­ser­vatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psy­cho­log­i­cal factors linked to political con­ser­vatism include:

  • Fear and aggression
  • Dogmatism and in­tol­er­ance of ambiguity
  • Un­cer­tain­ty avoidance
  • Need for cognitive closure
  • Terror management

This was linked to from the Dean Blog’s copy of Howard Dean’s July 25th speech, The President Has Misled Us.

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