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  •  Heinlein got it backwards (3+ / 0-)
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    Lonely Texan, kbman, Larsstephens

    Hola Hannah - I understand your prejudices/conclusions and agree with the sentiment in general. I think, though, that there is a bit more to the picture than you have seen so far. In high RWA followers, we see people who absolutely need to be controlled because they do not have the capability make their own decisions, create their own value system, etc. They need to be a member of a group that can surround them and support them. In the high SDOs, we see people who are just the opposite. They will do anything they need to do to control others . . . It is the high SDOs and Double Highs in the Republican party that are leading the insurgency. They are the master manipulators . . .

    "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine." -- RFC 1925

    by lartwielder on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 03:38:09 PM PST

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    •  A part of this, too, is the need for certainty (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      High RWA's tend to be very concrete thinkers, not open to abstractions and contingencies. They want answers, not processes for finding and determining truth. Their religions and authoritarian leaders provide them the answers and certainty they need.

      "God said it. I believe it. That settles it."

      See! No need to bother oneself to do the hard work of evaluating and judging facts. Simply accept what your chosen authority has to say about things and you can get on with watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. None of that messy weighing of contradictory pieces of information, no soul-searching, no contemplation, that stuff's for weirdos and eggheads.

      Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

      by kbman on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:59:03 PM PST

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