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    3 14.29%
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    18 85.71%
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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    There are smart academic liberals and smart conservative businessman. There's also dumb people on both sides. No way to measure which side is smarter so I'll call it a chalk.

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    Were it the case that one side were 'smarter', the other must perish.
    But one side is perishing in influence.

    Republicans influence is "perishing" across the board in terms of economics, voting tendencies and ideology. Take the religious issue. Secularism is essentially in a unchallenged period of influence in terms of legitimacy in the West. Nobody seriously takes religious people serious. Even in Republican circles religious conservatives are seen as "dangerous" and are sectioned off for "Super Red Meat" functions only.

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    the old saw is that if you disagree with a liberal, he will think you are immoral, while if you disagree with a conservative, he will think you are stupid.

    Meanwhile, self-congratulation seems to be the basis for much of the lefts' tribalism.


    It seems both sides perceive the other as less intelligent than themselves, but the right makes more allowance for liberals to be "Smart, But Wrong" than the left does in return.
    Haha, not on this forum.
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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Nah. It's hardly self-affirming to recognize that intelligent, well-thought out people disagree with you for good reasons. That is an argument that imposes a certain humility. It's self-affirming to argue that people who disagree with you are stupid, evil or both.
    You're over simplifying it. It's about IQ tests, critical thinking, empathy and many other things before one ever gets to the debate. It's also in general terms because any rule of thumb has its exceptions.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan5 View Post
    But one side is perishing in influence.

    Republicans influence is "perishing" across the board in terms of economics, voting tendencies and ideology. Take the religious issue. Secularism is essentially in a unchallenged period of influence in terms of legitimacy in the West. Nobody seriously takes religious people serious. Even in Republican circles religious conservatives are seen as "dangerous" and are sectioned off for "Super Red Meat" functions only.
    Neither side can exist wthout the validity they derive via the permanence of the other. You're suggesting night without day. If one side appears to hold sway, then it's only because the pendulum has yet to swing the other way (as it must). As to religion, while I won't necessarily assume you're an Atheist, it may be that you fail to see how religion is only a medium, and that spirituality exceeds the restrictions imposed by temporal expression.

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    You are right in at least one area. Conservatives are very protective of their "right" to be bigots and the left refuses to let them. Somtimes people need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the future. Bigotry will not survive the 21st century in the USA at least and it is the lefts "fault".
    bigotry, in many forms, will survive as long as humans do.... even the bigotry of so-called liberals...

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    I think of intelligence as having two components, intellect and common sense. Einstein was brilliant intellectually and had some deficiencies in the common sense arena. Both republicans and democrats can be equally intellectual, I believe that conservatives have a higher common sense quotient. Republicans and democrats often don't have enough common sense to pour piss out of a boot with the instructions on the heal.
    "A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury." Attributed to Alexander Tytler

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    Neither side can exist wthout the validity they derive via the permanence of the other. You're suggesting night without day. If one side appears to hold sway, then it's only because the pendulum has yet to swing the other way (as it must). As to religion, while I won't necessarily assume you're an Atheist, it may be that you fail to see how religion is only a medium, and that spirituality exceeds the restrictions imposed by temporal expression.

    Religion isn't a medium. It's an adopted mental deficiency. When a person suffers a manic episode from illegal drugs and is brought into a hospital and the doctors have to pump their stomach and throw them in a padded room because they're screaming about Jesus, that's what religion is boiled down. It's the worst of our species mental creations released into a "club" that is passed off as rational. It isn't. It's lunacy defined. It's one of the most dangerous aspects of our species and if greater intelligence ever reaches us I assume it'll be one of the first things they free our minds all at once of because it so so reminiscent of a disease.

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan5 View Post
    Religion isn't a medium. It's an adopted mental deficiency. When a person suffers a manic episode from illegal drugs and is brought into a hospital and the doctors have to pump their stomach and throw them in a padded room because they're screaming about Jesus, that's what religion is boiled down. It's the worst of our species mental creations released into a "club" that is passed off as rational. It isn't. It's lunacy defined. It's one of the most dangerous aspects of our species and if greater intelligence ever reaches us I assume it'll be one of the first things they free our minds all at once of because it so so reminiscent of a disease.
    With all due respect, I've heard all this a thousand times before. Good luck proving that 84% of the world's population is mentally ill.

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    Re: Who? Democrats or Republicans perceived as "Smarter"?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoC_T View Post
    With all due respect, I've heard all this a thousand times before. Good luck proving that 84% of the world's population is mentally ill.
    They're not mentally ill, they're duped, much the way a rational Western is when they overdose on illegal drugs and start to see "Jesus" around every corner. That person isn't rational. They're crazy and everyone can tell they're crazy. The difference is your average person has simply been duped into thinking they have to adopt a lie.

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