The White House has been usurped by a Kenyan socialist named Barry Soetero, who hatched an elaborate plot to pass himself off as a citizen of the United States – a plot the media refuse to even investigate. This president doesn’t just claim the right to assassinate suspected terrorists who are beyond the reach of law enforcement – he may be planning on rounding up his ideological opponents and putting them into concentration camps if he is reelected. He may have murdered a blogger who was critical of his administration, but authorities refuse to investigate. At the very least, he is plotting on disarming the American public after the election, in accordance with a secret deal cut with the UN and possibly with the assistance of foreign troops.

via Why Is the Conservative Brain More Fearful? The Alternate Reality Right-Wingers Inhabit Is Terrifying | Media | AlterNet.


Scary indeed! It must be quite frightening to actually believe such things. I should feel more compassion for these poor, fearful people, but all I really want to do is taunt, “Ha-haha, my anterior cingulate cortex is bigger than yours!” 

Seriously, though, it’s probably not entirely fair to say that conservatives are more fearful than liberals. With all of the news about GMOs, pink slime, vaccinations, and other issues that have captured the attention of liberals, I think that many of us have a lot of fears, some perhaps unfounded or exaggerated. I have noticed that a lot of these issues cross the political spectrum, with my conservative libertarian Facebook friends posting the same articles about chem-trails as my liberal and anarcho-syndicalist friends. Whether or not the government is seeding clouds with poisons and manipulating the weather, I can’t say. There’s not much I can do about it either way, so I choose to concentrate on other issues. My fears are more immediate. I imagine terrible events such as car wrecks and cancer, the centipedes in my basement and not being able to pay my bills. 

This study also doesn’t explain why most conservatives are not at all concerned by the overwhelming data and visual evidence of climate change. It seems to me that much of what shapes our fears and our biases is where we choose to get our information. Nevertheless, I found this article fascinating and wonder if there truly is a difference between the liberal and the conservative brain. This might help us to understand each other better, and perhaps find ways to find common ground. Probably not, though. 

5 thoughts on “Why Is the Conservative Brain More Fearful? The Alternate Reality Right-Wingers Inhabit Is Terrifying | Media | AlterNet

  1. The Conservative World View is a frightening one, I don’t know that their brain is smaller I think it is simply wired differently. Wired to reject out-of-hand any information that does not align perfectly with their narrow interpretation of the Word. We have for 40 years now been fed a soup of Propaganda, it is now a Truth that at least 40% of our nation believe. Scary

  2. You hit on the main point, I think, when you said that the sources of information one chooses to listen to are a big part of how conservatives and liberals differ in terms of their fears. When the right-wing population filters out entire chunks of information, it becomes easier for them to believe in things that are just not so. How many conservatives are under the impression that homosexuality is connected to pedophilia, or that it is a condition that can be “reversed”, or that it is a mental disorder of some kind? Science has spoken up loud and clear on these ideas, and debunked them all, but if you only listen to “news” sources that present a particular set of “experts” and information, then how would you realize what the true facts of the matter are?

    1. Very true. I think that’s a trap many fall into no matter what their political leanings. We tend to gather our information from places that reinforce our own worldview. Some people get very upset when evidence to the contrary is provided and they become even more entrenched in their opinions. I read a scientific study about that somewhere…I’m going to go hunt it down:)

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