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or at least that's how it seems on some of the forums i frequent.

i have to wonder if it's because the people who have the time are often older.

anyway. makes for... interesting conversations on days like today. "more punishment! kill them all!" really? you think that works? entirely aside from any emotional mental societal effects, if that worked, we wouldn't have recurring problems!

anyway. i guess it was... an interesting distraction from feeling helpless?


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corwyn_ap
Apr. 16th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
That is exactly what 'they' are saying. It does seem unlikely that that will solve anything.
aldersprig
Apr. 16th, 2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
*waves*

Amused... over here, most of the local gardening forums/plantshares/etc. are very very left-leaning.

But then again, I live in Ithaca, the Leftest Place On The East Coast.
wispfox
Apr. 18th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
hello!

these aren't local, actually. it's a pond forum, since we have a goldfish pond. :)

locally? i think there is a mix, with the town garden club being mostly older ladies whose politics i do not know. i expect the local community farm is left leaning, just based on their feel.
aldersprig
Apr. 18th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Aaah. I have not managed to connect with global forums about gardening, mostly because shy.

I promise, not all right-leaning gardeners are of the "kill them all" variety.
wispfox
Apr. 18th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
i rather figured that not everyone is thinking that. and i suspect that if i were able to engaged them without making them defensive, they might not really think that either. anger and fear do have strong effects on one's ability to think clearly, and it felt like a reaction to that.

of course, the fact that certain 'news'organizations encourage it really doesn't help.
aldersprig
Apr. 19th, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
I do try to not listen to hatemongering on any "news" network.

wispfox
Apr. 21st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Yeah. It's a little ridiculous what people can get away with calling news...

One of the people I was referencing in the original post now sounds closer to libertarian, based on her comments about expecting government to take away all rights and liberties, not just guns. (I was trying to figure out why the recent gun bill that didn't pass was somehow evil or problematic to gun owners)

Aaanyway. :)
annabunches
May. 7th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
I believe I remember seeing statistics that suggested a correlation between increased age and increasingly *liberal* politics...

Ahh, here is one reference. The table at the bottom of this document:

http://www.people-press.org/2005/01/24/politics-and-values-in-a-51-48-nation/
wispfox
May. 7th, 2013 10:47 pm (UTC)
Whoa, long article! Going to read it later. :)

Looking at that table, it's hard to say if there is an age-based correlation, since they didn't specifically address the correlation, and the trend is a weak-looking one.
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