The scientific search is on for the chemical cocktail that makes you vote Republican (or Democrat).
Today we’re witnessing an explosion of research on the biological factors that may underlie our political views. This new body of science is, slowly but surely, upending the old “I vote Democrat because Mom and Dad did” view of where our ideologies come from, and substituting an explanation based on genes, personalities, and emotions.
But to draw a seamless connection between a person’s genes and his or her political orientation poses a formidable scientific challenge. What’s more, there’s a crucial biological step that, thus far, has been largely missing. Genes, after all, are simply the code or template that our cells use to make proteins. So what are those proteins doing in the body to create political leanings?
Today’s political psychologists and biologists are honing in on a possible answer: Genetic differences may influence the body’s production of hormones (such as testosterone) and neurotransmitters (such as dopamine). These chemical messengers flow through the bloodstream and in between nerve cells, shaping our patterns of attention, response, emotions, and much else. Such patterns, the thinking goes, then come together to create our values and personalities; and these, along with input from our surroundings, impel our political ideologies and behaviors.
“Those people who don’t vote are the people who tend to have fairly high cortisol levels. Because politics is pretty stressful.”
“The variation between people in hormone levels is just tremendous, and I don’t think we really appreciate that,” explains John Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who has been a pioneer in studying the biology of ideology.
What would life be like beyond the use of money?
Without checks and balances, we won’t be a self governing democratic republic anymore.
Click for the thought of the day…
There’s enough money for all of us… to live very, very well.
But some of our citizens want to take it all and leave us with nothing. They use propaganda through TV and RADIO and CHURCH and DIRECT MAIL. They hire public figures to appeal to the base instincts of our most base citizenry.
They lie about money.
They lie about skin color.
They lie about gods and devils.
They lie about the divine right of billionaires.
They push Xenophobic buttons.
They appeal to greed.
They appeal to fear.
They light up the lizard brain.
Talk to the lizard. Talk to the lizard.
And a decade has gone by now - and no one is bringing back our stolen property. Kids suffer in student-loan debt with no jobs.
Talk to the lizard.
The dragon jealously guards the pile of gold.
Can you guess how much of the National Security (spy) Budget goes to private “digital Blackwater” corporations like Carlyle, Booz, Kaki, Narus, SAIC, Chertoff Group, Northrop Grummond?
That means 7 out of 10 tax dollars goes to a FOR PROFIT CORPORATION some of which are global or trans-national. Narus is one of those.
We share our government with all of our citizens. Unfortunately, some of our citizens want to take 7 out of 10 things from the rest of us. 4000 people would like to take 9.999 leaving the other 320 million with 0.001.
This is the scandal.
Don’t listen to Sen. Aquabuddha or his dad. Don’t listen to Hannity.
We the people share this nation… and the richest and most powerful don’t want the shares to be even close to fair.
The NSA has been doing some snooping. By all accounts it was done legally.1 There’s a lot of argument that the snooping has been an effective anti-terror tool. But the scope of the subpoena is staggeringly large. And that may be just the beginning.
A lot of people are angry at the Obama…
**It’s legal until we change congress.**
A cartoon by Frank Cotham. For more cartoons from the issue: http://nyr.kr/11e4eRG
What happens when you create a medical system whose goal is profit over health?