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The Daily Mail:

Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study.

Researchers discovered political motivations may have evolutionary links to physical strength.

Men’s upper-body strength predicts their political opinions on economic redistribution, according to the research.

The researchers of this study seem to take a rather negative spin–that men who are physically strong take a more “self-interested” approach to economics, but in reality, the more self-interested approach is one where a government steals from Peter to pay off Paul.

Perhaps stronger men are more champions of freedom or perhaps those who are more self-reliant and believe that one is entitled to his own labor are more likely to build up their strength in order to keep others from taking what should belong to themselves. Rather than self-interested, perhaps “freedom-loving” is more apt.

And perhaps weaker men prefer a strong government as their “gym” and rely on the muscle of the state to give them their strength rather than look to themselves. This is a form of self-interest, to say the least.

Also read: “One way of taking back one’s own masculinity, they suggest, is to take one’s own life.”

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Strong men are pursuing an independence ethic requiring honor, courage, strength -- and the occasional ability to go berserk in defense of oneself and one's loved ones. Leftists think that those qualities are pathological. Something tells me that the authors can't bench 50 pounds.
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"Men who are physically strong are more likely to take a right wing political stance, while weaker men are inclined to support the welfare state, according to a new study."

WEENIES!
1 year ago
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If there's a spin involving men, of course it's negative. The larger point is the idiocy of this article. Repulicans are strong, muscle-bound men. Democrats are weak, wimpy men. So the former prefer "self-interest" and the latter prefer government welfare, presumably to protect them from the former.

Whoever wrote this article is a complete fool, but he or she does know how to follow a narrative. And to think he or she got paid for writing this dreck.
1 year ago
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I've been lifting weights for about 30 years and I was a liberal journalist when I started....
1 year ago
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Hold on a minute here. I was fairly physically weak when I made my turn to the right about eleven years ago, but in the last few years have been working out a lot and am a lot stronger. So which came first - the chicken or the egg?
1 year ago
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The Rooster. Geesh, what a liberal flavored question. :)
1 year ago
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The egg. :-)
1 year ago
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Government is a prosthetic limb, spreading (in a decidedly muscular fashion) the brilliance and goodness of liberals all across this land. Cretins such as ourselves can only thank our lucky stars that we can benefit from their moral and intellectual superiority.
1 year ago
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Democrat men wear feminine sanitary products one week a year to stand in solidarity with their Feminist sisters. Ok, maybe not ALL Democrat men but I guarantee you POTUS is.
1 year ago
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The post implies that the Strong Man part leads to conservatism. It is of course, the other way 'round. Conservative men become strong men. duh.
Strong of MIND, Strong of CHARACTER, Strong of FAITH and Strong of BODY.
Again, duh
1 year ago
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It makes sense. Ideologies such as libertarianism are based on self-empowerment. People who feel empowered, either through their careers or businesses or from fitness training, will naturally gravitate towards ideologies such as libertarianism that reflect their felling of self-empowerment. Those who feel dis-empowered will naturally gravitate towards ideologies that support them from external sources, such as socialism or even organized religion.
1 year ago
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An odd form of self-interest, seeing as how most of the government's transfer payments go to women, not men.
1 year ago
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But do those payments _stay_ with the women or go to their men ?
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