Traditional conservatives (who dislike authoritarianism) have no party. Example: https://twitter.com/SteveSchmidtSES/status/1009325231004004352
Info is from study in Current Biology: “Liberals & Conservatives have different Brain Types.” https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2
Substantial differences exist in the cognitive styles of liberals and conservatives on psychological measures . Variability in political attitudes reflects genetic influences and their interaction...https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(11)00289-2
The size of the amygdala correlates to increased fearfulness.
Conservatives are more fearful and cautious.
They are adverse to rapid change — which can be destabilizing.
Liberals are less cautious and & more open to new experiences (this isn't always good)
Conservatives are comfortable with the tried & true.
Haidt talks about how conservatives and liberals embrace different “foundations of morality.”
(Thanks @two6heave -- wonderful lecture!)
Conservatives value these, too.
But they embrace others that liberals reject as NOT among the foundations of morality, including loyalty to a group & respect for authority.
Rapid, directionless change, meanwhile, can lead to chaos.
RWAs (right wing authoritarians) have some overlap with conservatives, but are there are differences.
Info about RWAs comes from Saunder & Ngo "RWA Scale" and from
Conservatives are averse to change.
RWAs are averse to complexity.
RWAs show aggression toward “out groups” when an authority sanctions aggression.
Left alone, RWAs aren't dangerous. They respect institutions. BUT when their fears are stoked. . .
(How does the RWA dynamic work? see) https://twitter.com/Teri_Kanefield/status/1007653323065839617
While conservatives are adverse to change and prefer the status quo, RWAs pine for a bygone era (often mythologized) when the world was more orderly and less chaotic.
A Trump deception is he calls himself a conservative, when he's not. His party is RWAs—or fascists—which simply means the farthest point to the right
The RWA-GOP has built-in advantages: They fall in line behind a leader and move in lockstep.
They form a well-oiled media loop (Fox-Hannity, Trump, surrogates, followers).
RWAs form about 1/3of the population—but because of these advantages (including willingness to cheat) they exert more control than their numbers.
Liberals have certain built-in disadvantages.
This means they tend to splinter and do not tend to fall in line (a clear disadvantage in an election)
Liberal advantage: there are a lot more liberals than authoritarians.
“When all the votes are counted” is one tricky part.
Voting as a block is another.
If opponents of fascism vote in big enough numbers, they can offset any law breaking to fix the election.
[View here as a Twitter thread] The Trump-GOP is no longer a conservative party. It’s an authoritarian party. Sort of what Flake tried to describe here: Here’s what that means for the midterms &...https://terikanefield-blog.com/authoritarians-v-conservatives/