Why don’t people behave in more environmentally friendly ways? New research presents one uncomfortable answer: They don’t want to be associated with environmentalists. That’s the conclusion of troubling new research from Canada, which similarly finds support for feminist goals is hampered by a dislike of feminists. Participants held strongly negative stereotypes about such activists, and those feelings reduced their willingness “to adopt the behaviors that these activities promoted,” reports a research team led by University of Toronto psychologist Nadia Bashir. This surprisingly cruel caricaturing, the researchers conclude, plays “a key role in creating resistance to social change.”Not 'surprisingly cruel caricaturing'. Precisely accurate observations of the activists. The article goes on to recommend that activists should look and behave more like humans. WOW! Brand-new advice! As far as I can recall, it's only 2000 years old, which means it's cutting-edge research. This is exactly the same advice Paul was giving to his followers in Corinth and Rome and Ephesus. Look and act like the people you're trying to persuade; don't come across as a fanatic. Fortunately for civilization, the mass-murdering feminists and the mass-murdering enviros are also vile filthy ferocious anti-Christian bigots, so they haven't read Paul's advice and wouldn't follow it if they had read it. Since then, the same advice has only been given a couple times by obscure unimportant people like Nikolai Lenin, Mohandas Gandhi, ML King, Saul Alinsky, Allard Lowenstein, Gene McCarthy, and Candice Bergen. Fortunately for civilization, the mass-murdering feminists and the mass-murdering enviros haven't heard of these people either. Or if they have, they aren't taking the advice. Luckily for all of us, these two types of activists are utterly impenetrably blind to EVERY sort of common sense and fact and logic, even the types of common sense that would help their own genocidal evil causes. = = = = = Stepping back a bit, even the underlying notion that persuasion matters is void. It's unquestionably true that niceness shapes opinions on a direct personal level, and to that extent the study is trivially valid. But personal opinions have exactly zero effect on the powers who can change laws or rules. As we've seen repeatedly and consistently, 100% citizen opposition to government policies never moves government policies. Governments are only moved by the Three B's: Bombs, Bucks and Blackmail. The DC government has so many Bombs that no other country or movement can match it. But it is easily moved by Billions of Bucks, as witness Goldman's total control of economic policy; and it can sometimes be moved by Blackmail, which has been used effectively in recent years by homosexual and feminist movements. So: if you have Billions (or if you have the ability to shut off Billions) you can persuade; and if you're willing and able to use Blackmail you can persuade. Niceness? Nastiness? Both meaningless.
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