MungoMan wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:35 am
Mog The Almighty wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:29 am
MungoMan wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:23 am
Mog The Almighty wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:52 am
I'm not sure what bimbo was trying to say there, but I believe it is a commonly accepted psychological fact that people who identify as left-wing are more risk-adverse than people who identify as right-wing. Just something to do with brain-wiring.
There is a disproportionate number of right-wing-identifying people who work in military, police, fire-fighting, and the like.
And in many countries, including the one I live in, it was a commonly accepted socio-political fact that people working in other types of physically dangerous occupation - underground mining for one - are morely likely to skew left than the population at large.
Psychological explanations can be a load of bollocks.
All the miners I know are climate-denying Trumpy anti-environmental conservatives. And I come from one of the world's biggest mining towns. Obviously they hold these views because that is most convenient for them personally. Not very socialist-type thinking.
To be clear, I do get what you're saying. The working class are the traditional left. However, I think a combination of both being tricked into voting against their own interest, and the left taking a greater and greater interest in social justice issues has driven them away in modern times.
The risk-thing I mentioned was just something I heard recently, and I guess it pertains to today's political landscape. In the old days, you didn't really get an option which job you took, so it doesn't really apply. Today, where people get to choose more and more, right-wing-identifying people tend to choose more dangerous occupations.
Consider for a moment that the converse might be true. Consider that what what someone does for a job can affect how they think about the world and their place in it.
Yes that is a good point.
I am however, just repeating what I heard, I'm not claiming it as a fact or anything.
If it is true that it's more a product of environment than brain-wiring, then one could argue that more dangerous jobs create a more right-wing mentality. Why that would be true, I don't know. You'd think it would be the opposite.
I myself have always until recently considered myself quite left-leaning, and I am naturally quite risk averse for whatever that is worth, and I do not have a risky job.
I have sort of ditched the "left leaning" self-identity in recent years though. Seems the modern leftist strategy is to be just as unscientific and delusional as their right-wing opponents, just on different issues.
.... in any case, when all the blah-blah is done, it seems whatever came first, the chicken or the egg, right-wing people are more accepting of risk and left-wing people are more risk-averse.