Socialists Are Ugly – It’s Science

Can you guess which one is a socialist? Go on, take a stab.

Hunky Tory? Attractive people more likely to be rightwing, study finds.

It is a finding unlikely to prove popular with Guardian readers, but a study has concluded that attractive people are more likely to be rightwing.

So it’s not just socialists’ policies that are ugly. Science now proves that all those shrieking, blue-haired harridans, and skinny soyboys flailing their stick arms in protest, are as fugly as their politics.

Now an American study published in the Journal of Public Economics based on comparing multiple surveys has concluded that the attractiveness of a person can correlate with their political beliefs.

The authors, Rolfe Daus Peterson of Susquehanna University and Carl L Palmer of Illinois State University, wrote: “Controlling for socioeconomic status, we found that more attractive individuals are more likely to report higher levels of political efficacy, identify as conservative and identify as Republican.”

Consider possibly the world’s most prominent conservative, U.S. President Donald Trump. Leftists love to mock Trump’s appearance, but consider that the man is 71 years old. The Donald just ain’t what he used to be. In any case, try comparing him to a famous, 71-year-old liberal.

Both these men are 71. Guess which one is conservative?

Ouch. The data is in.

But, as is too often seen in the heavily left-leaning world of academia, when the data is leading to conclusions they don’t like, academics start scrambling for post-hoc excuses.

They attribute the trend to the “halo effect” – a form of cognitive bias by which specific positive traits influence a person’s view of other people …

The study reports this can lead them to have a “blind spot” when it comes to understanding the hardships faced by others – making them more likely to embrace individualism and reject the types of social assistance and welfare aid more commonly promoted by leftwing policy.

No, it doesn’t “report” that – it assumes that. Not only is it a big assumption, but it contradicts what their own data suggests. The study authors claim that “previous research has found that those who are good-looking are generally treated better, achieve higher social status and earn more money”. Yet, they admit themselves that their data was “Control[ed] for socioeconomic status”. Those two claims contradict each other.

According to their own findings, even good-looking people who have less money, and less social status, are more likely to identify as conservative.

“In a sense, attractive individuals have a blind spot that leads them to not see the need for more government support or aid in society,” Palmer and Peterson argue.

Or maybe being a minger with a face like a hatful of cracked bums leads people to harbour a grudge against the world.

Still, this suggests that perhaps conservative governments ought to adjust their priorities. Instead of cutting welfare, just redirect the money. Instead of free housing and food stamps, fund cosmetic surgery for left-wingers.

– The Guardian


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