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  •  It is 'on purpose,' in a sense. (1+ / 0-)
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    ChemBob

    The mental divide separating self-labeled conservatives from the rest of humanity is one of thought process. Folks on the political right settle upon a conclusion because it strikes them as ideologically correct - i.e., it should be such-and-so. They then adjust facts to support the conclusion. They suspect shenanigans from the left whenever the things they "know" are correct are shown to be incorrect.

    This kind of thinking dovetails very well with the agendas of industry and the wealthy, who, being at the top of the power and economic structures, generally stand to lose if any uncontrolled change is introduced into the system. They therefore engage in rhetoric which sounds "correct" to the political right, knowing these people will tuck in line against their own self-interests if the received message has been framed properly. Thus, you have a natural relationship between the 1% and the Fox News demographic.

    In between these two extremes, there is money to be made, and where people - even logical people - are tempted, scruples often go by the boards. So, yes, some of this stuff is "on purpose," but it is driven by that portion of humanity who simply cannot grasp scientific reasoning, because it is alien to their thought processes.

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