“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”
The center keeps shifting to the left.
Take as illustrative the lede story in today’s Las Vegas newspaper about politics in Carson City. It talks about ultraconservatives and extreme stances and moderate-not-liberal Republicans who want to raise taxes by $1.3 billion. This is not a criticism of the story. It is simply using the argot of the moment.
The explanation for why so many can observe the same event, see such vastly different things and remain completely unpersuaded is outlined in my general theory of political relativity, first postulated 2010.
No observer is stationary. All are themselves in motion at different velocities, in different directions along the political spectrum from red to blue.
The theory goes something like this (e=mc²): The energy of one’s convictions equals the mass of one’s deductions times the speed of insight squared.
With the leftward shift of the center, people have no qualms about saying that requiring gender specific bathrooms and locker rooms and showers in elementary school is extreme.
“I didn’t realize when I was growing up that I was a horrible segregationist because boys went to the boys bathroom and girls went to the girls bathroom. We want to maintain that,” Republican Ira Hansen is quoted as saying. “It has nothing to do with the other issues opponents were bringing up.”
Things have changed.
It doesn’t require a nuclear physicist to figure it out. Just ask my son who works on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Lab — it’s sort of like playing billiards with really tiny balls, only the balls don’t bounce.
Here is an example from the April 14 Investor’s Business Daily of how people at different points on the political spectrum view things.
Asked if was wrong of Hillary Clinton to use a personal email account while Secretary of State, 69 percent of Democrats said no, while 68 percent of Republicans said yes. Asked whether they were satisfied with her explanation, 74 percent of Democrats said yes, while 73 percent of Republicans said no.