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April 8th, 2008
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Moving to the Right - What Causes It?

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From:thelastgoodname
Date:April 8th, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
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I think there's a lot of things going on, and possibly the most important one is that this isn't actually a proven trend, and even if it were a proven trend, there would be more than one reason for it.

That said, I think a lot of it, for a lot of people, is the weight of sheer experience -- from a young person's optimism about saving the world to an older person's realization that you can't actually save the world, but you might, if you work really hard, be able to save your neighborhood. Or maybe your own yard.

Because I think a lot more people become more liberal for the reasons you point out -- wanting to make the world at large a better place for their kids, as well as the neighborhood and the yard. And I don't think we pay enough attention to those people, because the explanation for that shift is too simple. Why, oh why does Mr. 80-year-old former conservative now think that blacks and women are people too? Well, because it's the only decent thing to think: he got wise. Why does it go the other way? Well, nobody knows, because it doesn't make sense.
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From:mofic
Date:April 8th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Why does it go the other way? Well, nobody knows, because it doesn't make sense.

Well, one thing that I do see happen - and I am not saying it's a proven trend, just that it happens in some people - is the result of how certain beliefs and attitudes cluster together. So if you embrace part of the conservative agenda you tend to be surrounded by people who embrace the rest of it. And if the part you embrace is embraced with such extreme fervor that it's hard for you to even associate with people who believe differently it may be hard to even see the other viewpoint, because you're not hearing it except reflected through the voices of those who disparage.

But it's not a full answer. And you're right - it's not a proven trend, no matter what my father said :-).
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