Wednesday, June 22, 2005

All Politics is Genetic?

The NY Times reports on a study that looked at the nature vs. nurture argument in terms of political orientation. The study concluded that political views may be partly influenced by genetics, although party affiliation tends to be more closely related to upbringing and life experience.

Ken Schram, a commentator from Seattle, has this to say:
I've long wondered how an otherwise seemingly rational person could adhere so strictly to stilted ideologies; how they could be so consistently willing to smother a sense of social well-being. It's merely a matter of having been dumped in the shallow end of the gene pool.
Mr. Schram is talking about political conservatives, in a column that would not be out of place in The Onion. This explains those poor conservatives who are not as enlightened as Mr. Schram. Of course; it's a genetic defect. What should we do with them? Maybe we can do more research, and find the gene that shapes politcal views. From there, we can discover a therapy to cure this conservative disease, so we can live in a more perfect world. In the meantime, how do we handle those genetic freaks who are already here? Hmmm...