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  •  This is a really powerful diary, thanks. (4+ / 0-)

    This is a deeper passage than you might know:

    Well, what if the fetus that I abort goes on to become a person who steals an election, lies the public into a war that kills Gawd knows how many people, vows to write discrimination into the Constitution, attempts to dismantle our greatest social safety net, and plunges the global economy into a free fall?
    We know, statistically, that people who grow up to hold reactionary political beliefs, were more likely than average to have been abused as children. Just because somebody came from affluence, and had every material advantage, doesn't mean they weren't treated abominably. It's known that empathy can effectively be drummed out of somebody for life, even if they had access to all the education for which they cared, and every other worldly connection and material advantage. Is it such a big step to say that the children who grow up to be predatory sociopaths, poor or wealthy, never should have been born, that they were unwanted?

    Tipped and rec'd 1,000 times. I can't wait to read the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:17:02 PM PDT

    •  Where did you see this statistic? (1+ / 0-)
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      I am very curious

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:20:07 PM PDT

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      •  I came across a book called (3+ / 0-)
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        "The Politics of Denial," by Conrad and Milburn, which reports the myriad studies showing a positive correlation between harsh, punitive treatment by one's elders in childhood, and the embrace of reactionary political ideologies in adulthood. It came out sometime in the 90s and has a red cover. Written by and for academic sociologists, it doesn't make for the juiciest reading. But its content is remarkable, with far-reaching implications for society.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:31:39 PM PDT

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        •  If Barnes and Noble carry it (1+ / 0-)
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          It is my next purchase (only real book, I like the feel of a real book as I read, I can't stand e-books)

          Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

          by Mannie on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 08:33:41 PM PDT

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