Caucus night is fast approaching, and the thoughtful are thinking … should I stay home or should I go? And if I go … should I go play the DFL’s voices-for-all (except me), or should I go play the GOP’s freedom for all (except you)?
Recently we were made very aware of how differently the two tribes think about the world. We were attending a regional conference on climate, and we were put through an interesting exercise. We were asked to physically line up by various criteria. First we lined up by gender.
And that was easy, except for one transgender friend, she paused briefly.
Meanwhile, on the male side of the room a medical-scientist type pontificated that gender in clinical trials is a function of several variables, especially:
- chromosomes – multiple choice – XY, XX, XXY, other
- hormone production and processing – continuous, with testosterone, estrogen, and reactions to those
- affect – continuous over several variables) – how the patient views themselves and how they attempt to project signals (voice, hands, posture) consistent with that image
- others – continuous – how do other people see the person?
Sigh. It all seemed so simple until the research nerd showed up.
Next we lined up by birth/youth city size, nothing of note there.
Finally, we lined up by politics – liberal or conservative?
No surprise there either, as three of us stood up against the conservative wall, the other 50 or so milled around in the liberal echo chamber. But even there, puzzled voices could be heard, “well, I’m a social liberal but a fiscal conservative“.
Well, duh, so are a lot of us.
So, we are going to look at the foundations of political belief and how we might really start to think about our political alliances.