Thursday, April 19, 2018

Megan McArdle: Bias Against Conservatives Works Like Any Other Prejudice

Pretty much right on the money.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think she should strengthen the case actually. When researchers use the same measures of bias they apply to race to political preference, the intensity is > 1.5 times. They are both obviously outgroup bias, and considering political orientation is strongly tied to psychological profile - conscientiousness vs. openness to experience, they are also biases against largely hereditary difference.

And for the extent that politics is not inherited, the way politics has morphed into a pseudo-religion should be interesting to consider when thinking about the impact of bias as well.

If the concern is to minimize group conflict, we should be far more concerned about the source that is genuinely active in society right now. Frankly the fact that you have most prestige industries, like academia and media, with > 80% liberal representation with no strong argument for differential qualification, suggests that this is the far more pressing source of bias right now.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, obligatory Scott Alexander link, because he makes the case even better than McArdle.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Dark Avenger said...

Um, the bias against Williamson was his belief that women who have abortions should be hanged.

The courage of his conviction can be seen here:

Methinks that’s what Kevin Williamson has decided, too, after his “provocative” remarks backfired. I’m guessing we’ll never know what Kevin Williamson thinks should happen to women who have abortions, unless Roe is reversed and he’s consulted by the legislature of Oklahoma.

The mob has borne me aloft (metaphorically, of course) with their torches and — in their infantile gulosity — devoured everything I worked to build. My voice is trapped in a seashell in the grip of a NARAL-affiliated sea-witch, and I swim haplessly through the world, bipedal but voiceless. No. Voiceless is not the word I want. Sponsorless. Except for my ability to type and publish this now, the world has excommunicated me and barred me from public spheres, where I cannot exist in safety. I am like a mime (I once saw a mime on the streets of Chicago; I think this image speaks for itself).

10:35 AM  

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