10 Unfortunate Liberal Myths Conservatives Often Believe

Here is Selwyn Duke debunking some myths at The Stream:

Misinformation yields misunderstandings.

Garbage in, garbage out is how it works with a computer. It’s no different with society: Misinformation yields misunderstandings and the adoption of misguided policy, personal and political.

The following are 10 liberal myths even many conservatives believe. How many did you know were commonly accepted fake news, fallacies or false history?

1. Liberals are well-meaning — just misguided

Not according to research. As Peter Schweizer reported in “Don’t listen to the liberals — Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows,” relative to conservatives liberals are:

  • far less likely to believe they have an obligation to care for a seriously ill spouse or parent;
  • far less likely to believe you derive happiness by putting another’s happiness before your own;
  • far less likely to believe getting married is important;
  • far less likely to believe having children is important;
  • nearly twice as likely to say parents shouldn’t sacrifice their own well-being for their children’s;
  • less likely to hug their children;
  • “more likely to rate ‘high income’ as an important factor in choosing a job, more likely to say ‘after good health, money is the most important thing,’ and agree with the statement ‘there are no right or wrong ways to make money,’” as Schweizer writes;
  • less likely to donate money or devote time to charity, and, when they do, they more often support a political cause than help the needy; and
  • are more envious. In a study involving a computer game concerning accumulation of and transfers of money, researchers found that liberals were more likely than conservatives to give up a little of their own cash if it would cause more money to be taken from someone else.

Studies also show liberals are less happy. Any idea why?

Read more: The Stream

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Editor’s note — Later in the article, Mr. Duke mentioned this Prager University video by Anthony Esolen: