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    Are your political views always right?

    This quoted text below is a condensed version of a longer column from Politico.com. The condensing was done by The Week magazine (subscription required).

    Are your political views always right?

    Kaitlin Toner and Mark Leary
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    The more extreme a person’s views are, “the more they think they are right,” said psychologists Kaitlin Toner and Mark Leary. In a new study, we’ve found that both hard-line conservatives and extreme liberals have a strong sense of “belief superiority,” with disdain for everyone who doesn’t share their views.

    People with moderate views, on the other hand, didn’t think their opinions were the only ones with any merit. They supported a “middle of the road” approach to solving problems, rather than seeking ideological purity. For example, moderates believe that abortion should be legal in some but not all circumstances, while right-to-lifers and pro-choicers insist on either a total ban or total legality. The phenomenon of “belief superiority” explains why so many of today’s intensely partisan pundits, politicians, and even commenters on online articles sound so smugly confident of their views, and so certain that the other side is 100 percent wrong—and even evil.

    It also explains why the politicians they elect to Congress are now so deadlocked in partisan rancor. If your views alone are valid, why compromise—or even bother to talk to the idiots on the other side?
    This strikes me as being well written, and to-the-point. It's also disturbingly accurate. There does appear to be a direct correlation between the extremity of a person's views, and the certainty with which they adhere to such views.

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    Are my views always right? No,, I see the extremes of both sides and know there is a better path.

    The Road Not Taken

    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim
    Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
    Though as for that the passing there
    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In leaves no step had trodden black.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how way leads on to way
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.

    Robert Frost The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
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    Yes, absolutely.

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    That's exactly why I'm not a hard line conservative and why I believe people need to hear both sides of the discussion. And the author is correct, we have extremists on both sides of the spectrum demonstrating such behavior.

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    My political views are correct but never "right". Right is always Wrong.

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    I know I'm subject to being wrong sometimes. I'm not really an extremist in my views, seeing I'm for capitalism with some moderation of the more extremist bent the right has been taking in recent decades. But, I'm generally based in what has, and is working more than any ideology. I leave a lot of the social arguments, like abortion, to others, because they are subjective. I'm actually pro-life, in that I'd hope no one would have an abortion, and oppose the death penalty, but a true libertarian in respect of not wanting government in people's bodies or bedrooms. I'm for personal liberty so long as it does not harm others, and for common sense regulation of businesses, because they aren't people.

    I argue for reality and data based ideas pretty strongly,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets View Post
    That's exactly why I'm not a hard line conservative and why I believe people need to hear both sides of the discussion. And the author is correct, we have extremists on both sides of the spectrum demonstrating such behavior.
    But, the right displays more of its extremism as mainstream, because the media gives them more air time to give the extremism a sort of respectability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanty View Post
    I know I'm subject to being wrong sometimes. I'm not really an extremist in my views, seeing I'm for capitalism with some moderation of the more extremist bent the right has been taking in recent decades. But, I'm generally based in what has, and is working more than any ideology. I leave a lot of the social arguments, like abortion, to others, because they are subjective. I'm actually pro-life, in that I'd hope no one would have an abortion, and oppose the death penalty, but a true libertarian in respect of not wanting government in people's bodies or bedrooms. I'm for personal liberty so long as it does not harm others, and for common sense regulation of businesses, because they aren't people.

    I argue for reality and data based ideas pretty strongly,
    At least you are honest and forthright, which is to be commended.

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    Mine are not always right, but the tone is on target.
    I have changed my views when I find them to be wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Genevieve View Post
    Mine are not always right, but the tone is on target.
    I have changed my views when I find them to be wrong.
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