Dr. Helen

"Weaker men more likely to support welfare state and wealth redistribution."

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.

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