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Old July 2nd, 2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views

Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views
Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution
Link may reflect psychological traits that evolved in our ancestors
Strength was a proxy for ability to defend or acquire resources
There is no link between women's physical strength and political views
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Men who are strong are more likely to take a right-wing stance, while weaker men support the welfare state, researchers claim.
Their study discovered a link between a man’s upper-body strength and their political views.
Scientists from Aarhus University in Denmark collected data on bicep size, socio-economic status and support for economic redistribution from hundreds in America, Argentina and Denmark.

Men who are physically strong - like Arnold Schwarzenegger - are more likely to take a right wing political stance
The figures revealed that men with higher upper-body strength were less likely to support left-wing policies on the redistribution of wealth.

Men with less upper body strength are more likely to support the welfare state - like Labour leader Ed Miliband
But men with low upper-body strength were more likely to put their own self-interest aside and support a welfare state.
The researchers found no link between upper-body strength and redistribution opinions among women.
Professor Michael Petersen said: ‘In all three countries, physically strong males consistently pursued the self-interested position on redistribution.
‘However physically weak males were more reluctant to assert their self-interest – just as if disputes over national policies were a matter of direct physical confrontation between individuals.
‘While many people think of politics as a modern phenomenon, it has, in a sense, always been with our species.
‘Political views are designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history.’
The findings were published in the journal Psychological Science.
Professor Petersen added: ‘Many previous studies have shown that people's political views cannot be predicted by standard economic models.
‘This is among the first studies to show that political views may be rational in another sense, in that they're designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history.’
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I laugh, inwardly, every time I encounter this situation, the last time being 15 minutes ago at the grocery store.

I'm in good shape for a man 20 years my junior. I have excellent hand-eye coordination, balance, flexibility. I have a useful and fun body, but I'm 6'5" and only about 190-195 lbs. I don't have big muscles.

When I encounter health-club muscle men, often they have this "big bad" attitude. Their walk says it. Their expression says it. The way they hold their body says it. Big, bad mo-fo and you better not be messing with me, bucko.

Uh-huh. Cavemen. If I was 5'5" and 127 lbs. I might be packing Big Boy.

"‘Political views are designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history."

Ain't it the truth? Probably the most recurrent condition in human history is "I got mine, and I might have got mine from you. So what? I'm bigger, and badder, than you. You're on your own," which has led to countless, literally countless wars.

Possible conclusion: Some physically strong right-wingers haven't evolved past caveman consciousness, and caveman consciousness is alive and well, if dressed up in technology and health-club musculature.
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Funny, but my husband is very fit and athletic and strong, competes in Tough Mudder and Spartan races and is a liberal. So he totally doesn't fit that description on that article.
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Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views.


That's the theory, huh???
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Being a liberal is so sissified.
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Tell my husband that, and he'll laugh at you.
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Old July 2nd, 2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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Being a liberal is so sissified.
That's what Rush Limbaugh sai....uh.....nevermind.....




An Oxy-moment, in Thailand, no doubt....

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Men who are physically strong are more likely to have right wing political views
....But, it's always the SMART-dudes who SAVE OUR COLLECTIVE-ASS!!!



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....But, it's always the SMART-dudes who SAVE OUR COLLECTIVE-ASS!!!





Correct! That's why the USA is in such a mess! Sooner or later, one will come along and get elected...
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I laugh, inwardly, every time I encounter this situation, the last time being 15 minutes ago at the grocery store.

I'm in good shape for a man 20 years my junior. I have excellent hand-eye coordination, balance, flexibility. I have a useful and fun body, but I'm 6'5" and only about 190-195 lbs. I don't have big muscles.

When I encounter health-club muscle men, often they have this "big bad" attitude. Their walk says it. Their expression says it. The way they hold their body says it. Big, bad mo-fo and you better not be messing with me, bucko.

Uh-huh. Cavemen. If I was 5'5" and 127 lbs. I might be packing Big Boy.

"‘Political views are designed by natural selection to function in the conditions recurrent over human evolutionary history."

Ain't it the truth? Probably the most recurrent condition in human history is "I got mine, and I might have got mine from you. So what? I'm bigger, and badder, than you. You're on your own," which has led to countless, literally countless wars.

Possible conclusion: Some physically strong right-wingers haven't evolved past caveman consciousness, and caveman consciousness is alive and well, if dressed up in technology and health-club musculature.
Keep two things in mind:

1> hominids haven't "stopped" where it is right now;

2> mate selection criteria steer the boat.

Wabi sabi rules!
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