Progressives are mentally retarded.

I didn’t start this fight; I’m just finishing it.  What fight?  At the excellent WeeklyStandard site, Andrew Ferguson has been following the “conservatives are inferior” trend in social “science”.

The most common working premise of social-psychology research is far-fetched all by itself: The behavior of a statistically insignificant, self-selected number of college students or high schoolers filling out questionnaires and role-playing in a psych lab can reveal scientifically valid truths about human behavior. 

There’s a simple reason why lefty professors can’t tell hokum from science:  they and other leftists are mentally retarded.  This isn’t to insult them.  They are, literally, mentally retarded.

I didn’t have questionnaires and role-playing results, though.  I had to make do with simple biology and simple logic.

“Retarded” means slowed or stopped prior to full maturity.  All creatures need time to mature, human beings most of all.  And what organ is the very last to fully mature?  If it’s not already obvious…you’re probably a social scientist.  Obviously this bad boy slouches in last.

Now check this out.  And roll your cursor over the “Prefrontal Cortex”.  That is the very last part of the very last organ to mature.  And what is it responsible for?  Judgment!  Here are behaviors associated with a not-yet-mature Prefrontal Cortex:

  • difficulty holding back or controlling emotions,
  • a preference for physical activity,
  • a preference for high excitement and low effort activities (video games, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll),
  • poor planning and judgement (rarely thinking of negative consequences),
  • more risky, impulsive behaviors, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol.

If you asked me to boil that 5-point list down to three words, a year ago I’d have laughed in your face.  But today?  Occupy Wall Street.  Every aspect of OWS is explained by UPC, Unoccupied Prefrontal Cortex

People under the age of 25 are much more likely to be politically “progressive” than mature adults.  Why?  For the same reason they make all their other stupid mistakes.  They either don’t see consequences or don’t care about them. 

Mandatory socialism has profoundly negative consequences.  In fact, the extent of its blight would be unbelievable if it wasn’t so documented.  Government socialism wrecks every economy it touches and murdered more people in one century than is recorded in all the rest of history.  Its record is utterly perfect; it has never failed to fail.

And every single leftist on Earth wants more of it.

Ergo…all progressives older than 25 are mentally retarded.  Their Prefrontal Cortexes never matured, or are doing so very, very, very slowly.

(The only other possiblity is that they are evil, evil, evil, evil people.  No doubt some are.  But most are just mentally retarded.)

After writing this up, I got a bit angry that in America the voting age is 18 but the drinking age is 21.  Kids are too immature to drink but they’re mature enough to vote in my affairs?  Sorry, that’s insane.  If rights are apportioned over an age spectrum, voting must obviously be the last one.  If you’re not old enough for every adult activity you’re not old enough to meddle in adult business.

Given our current knowledge and life spans, voting rights should begin at the age of 25.  Maybe 26.  But I’d certainly make an exception for military volunteers.  Probably those are exceptionally mature people, but if they’re idiots few will live long enough to do much electoral damage.

Yes, if we change the voting age the 18-24 year-olds will shriek and whine and gesticulate wildly and stomp about angrily.  That’s sort of the point. 

Mature-for-their-age kids will be peeved also, but will realize that in exchange for their lost, wise vote, two or three idiotic ones will also vanish. 

So, as a rational American I now request that we change the voting age to 25 years old.   My reason:  Brain Science! 

If we have to buy off youngsters to get this done, it will be worth it.  I advise a combined approach: lower the drinking age to 18 and stay off the streets as much as possible.

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17 Responses to Progressives are mentally retarded.

  1. thepi says:

    I only see 2 problems with raising the voting age to 25/26:
    Taxation without representation, and the fact that under the current system the tab is being run up for them (and even younger).

    So ban deficit spending and make an exception for those paying net taxes and it’d be fine.

    • Edohiguma says:

      Taxation is easily dealt with. If you don’t pay taxes (focusing on the really big ones, like income tax and similar), you can’t vote.

    • wormme says:

      I’ve long argued that no one under the age of 18 should be paying income taxes. It doesn’t matter if they’re child pop stars and making tens of millions a year. So yes, you’re right, but the answer is not to tax the income of juveniles. This would seem insane to our current regime, but we could easily afford it under a constitutionally restrained government.

      • Edohiguma says:

        Having juveniles vote is generally a bad idea. They’ve lowered the voting age to 16 over here. The results are… Well, let’s just say that the left wing expected them to vote overwhelmingly “progressive”. They didn’t. Especially the youngins voted overwhelmingly “right” wing, aka for the Freedom Party. Not that this is any better. The Freedom Party are essentially “patriotic socialists”.

      • thepi says:

        I agree that not taxing minors is a better alternative, but politicians won’t take their hands out of anyone’s pockets without a knock-down-drag-out fight. But on the other hand, they won’t exactly be lining up to enact any other part of this proposal either.

  2. Edohiguma says:

    “role-playing in a psych lab”

    Gods, I have done this twice for a job interview years back. In both cases it was part of a two day long “assessment center”. It’s among the most ridiculous, useless things you can waste your time on.

    Since then I’ve decided that, should I ever be in such a situation again, I will turn the tables and really role-play. We have to cross an imaginary river working as a team? Okay, I cast Path of Frost. Take that psycholiars!

  3. midwest bill says:

    The military man may not have a more matured brain, but he will have learned some discipline and responsibility. Perhaps those that are not self sustaining should not be allowed to vote, since they are still a burden on society. And maybe those that start a business and hire others, should get a couple extra votes.

    If we are going to use government to care for the more needy, shouldn’t we be allowed to take away their right to vote for more freebies, lest our government be sold to those making grand Orwellian promises to redistribute success? The constitution left it to states to decide who votes, but if we take the vote from felons, we could certainly take it from those that require others to care for them, since redistribution of wealth is just organized theft.

    • wormme says:

      Yes, your point is excellent. And it’s nothing new. The 19th Century philosopher John Stuart Mill was a “liberal” back when that meant expanding liberty, not stealing it. And it was obvious to him that “wards of the state” should not have a vote. Do ten year old children get to vote in the family finances?

    • Edohiguma says:

      I personally like the approach Starship Trooper took more and more. Service guarantees citizenship. Serve your society, your people and earn your “rights”.

  4. midwest bill says:

    btw … is the situation still fragile at Fukushima?

    “The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements,” Alvarez said in his response. “If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cesium-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.”

    http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/World/20120518/fukushima-dai-ichi-risk-reactor-4-120519/

    • Edohiguma says:

      I have my issues with Gundersen’s theories. For once, he’s not on site. And secondly the data he’s been pushing around comes from the US government, which is absolutely not trustworthy at all. That’s the same government that kept the cleaning boats in the harbor during the BP oil spill and which is running guns to Mexican drug cartels in Fast & Furious operation. Murata is a lawyer with no training in science or technology who spent his entire career in diplomatic service.

      So all scenarios I’ve seen come from outsiders who have no access to the data and who’re not on site, or from people who have no training in the matter. Murata’s theories about it are worth as much as mine. The only difference is I’m not fancy professor emeritus for science and technolgoy (I wonder how and why he got that one, I feel it’s basically a h.c. anyway.)

      As for Chernobyl… When looking back I have the feeling the thing was pretty overhyped. There were no tens of thousands of deaths because of the fallout. There were no massive mutations to the plants and animals. Heck, we were under the plume here, and nothing came from it. Some people claim there was a rise in local mutations on animals, plants and even humans, but other sources say that those were not statistically significant. In the close vicinity there were reports of some, I think, 300-odd mutations on newborn animals over four or so years, and that was about it. On a large scale I seriously doubt that it any actual significance.

      And Chernobyl had a roughly 600,000 “liquidators”. From those 5,000 died within four years of the incident. That is not even 1%. Taking the death statistics of Germany for a second, with somewhat over 80 million inhabitants. Germany has roughly 800,000 deaths per year. That is 1% of the population. So if we’d take the liquidators as a “population”, then simply going by brutal death statistics, the liquidator deaths compared to the liquidator population were perfectly normal.

      • Edohiguma says:

        Actually, more like 0.25% per year (brain slow, had night shift.) Not a bad rate I must say, considering they faced all that evil, glowing radiation. and not even statistically relevant.

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