October 24th, 2020

Are conservative thinkers less intelligent?


By Letter to the Editor on November 7, 2019.

Thursday, Oct. 31 started out for me like most mornings, having my coffee and cookies and reading the Lethbridge Herald. I always look forward to the Reader’s Forum to read other people’s opinions and concerns.

Like most people, some I agree with and some I don’t. The article “The autumn of our discontent” by Phil Elder definitely got my dander up, specifically this one sentence: “In fact, few areas of the country have a work force as well educated as Alberta’s, even if the province’s culture is more conservative than some.”

The last part of this sentence is what got to me. Is Phil insinuating that if you are a conservative-thinking person you are somehow less intelligent? If I am correct in my interpretation and I am a conservative, then insulting my intelligence is not the way to get me to buy into his suggestions.

Putting that aside, I think Phil does make some good suggestions, even if I am stupid. A lot of Phil’s suggestions are going to require substantial investment, and where is the money going to come from? Let me make a stupid suggestion: take advantage of our great natural wealth in our oil industry, get it to markets that are prepared to pay world prices for it, and pay off our debt, so we can afford Phil’s plan.

Barrie Orich

Lethbridge

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Southern Albertan

Perhaps it could make one wonder as to why intelligent folks would support such things as: a dictatorship, a cult, and now populist authoritarianism. The following article could explain why the reasons go deep and perhaps, needing a ‘wake-up call.’
“Washington wakes up to ‘authoritarian’ populism in the U.S. and Europe”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/05/10/washington-wakes-up-to-authoritarian-populism-in-the-u-s-and-europe/
We need not suffer illusions about the now, populist authoritarism of the Trump Republicans, the Ford Conservatives and the Kenney UCP. However, it does take time for political belief systems to be rejigged, mentally. In Alberta, perhaps again, many folks do not understand that we no longer have the inclusive, fiscal conservatism of yore that my southern Alberta grandparents once supported. Things have changed within the ‘right wing’ realm.
Often, the rejigging, occurs very quickly when pocketbooks are threatened, like, the now higher taxes we will pay, the cost to the economy due to the threat of of increased job loss in the public and private sectors, the increasing gap between the rich and the poor, increased costs out-of-pocket for health care and education…….whilst looking at the $4.7 billion useless corporate tax cut, the $30 million War Room, the $195,000/year wage to head up the War Room, the top six UCP political earners (into the $190,000s to the $200,000s/year for principal secretary, chief of staff, executive directors and principal advisor…..) And, not to forget even with the rollback to the Premier’s and MLA’s wages, they still make more than any other provincal premiers, MLAs MNAs, etc.
Putting money where mouths are? Not so much. I might not be so smart, but at my level of intelligence I certainly cannot support this type of politics.

Socrates

Anybody thinking that whatever his preferred political party advances or does, is perfect and anything that opposing parties advance or do are wrong, needs his head examined. Southern Albertan at least recognizes this in his last sentence.

Tris Pargeter

Spot on Southern Albertan.
Socrates, how’s that rarefied air up there beyond the fray? Thin on the ground no doubt….
And to answer what strikes me as a rhetorical question from this letter? Affirmative. You can even google it.

phlushie

“Let me make a stupid suggestion: take advantage of our great natural wealth in our oil industry, get it to markets that are prepared to pay world prices for it, and pay off our debt, so we can afford Phil’s plan”. A statement made by Barry Orich. The Alberta people own the natural resources and should benifit for the sales of them. However, this climate change hoax is being succesfully used to turn all resource laden countries, except those with strong military, into third world nations so the resources can be accessed and harvesedt ceaply with child labour. In fact the hoax is using children to perpetuate the hoax. Wake up people. Don’t let them take your guns, you may need them to protect yourself and your families.

Tris Pargeter

Hahaha. Yeah! Circle the wagons!
Scientists are not like God after all, believable i.e…..

Tris Pargeter

Where’s the money going to come from? A sales tax.
Like everywhere else on the bloody continent that isn’t QUITE so solidly deluded by just HOW much more “special” they are than ANY other modern, current civilized population.
And further to that question about conservatives being less intelligent, I just read that the financial wizards that are the “progressive” conservative party in Ontario are preparing to spend 778 million to REVERSE the cuts they’ve made. How stupid is that?

Dennis Bremner

Not fair to use Doug Ford as the Conservative standard unless of course you are a dillusional NDPer lol

IMO

The statement under fire is:

“In fact, few areas of the country have a work force as well educated as Alberta’s, even if the province’s culture is more conservative than some.”

KEY WORDS:

education

culture

conservative

Education is not synonymous with intelligence and vice versa.

Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts etc.

Conservative is used with a lower case c. Therefore, in this instance, it does not refer to a political party.

Taken together, in the statement under discussion, the words conservative and culture refer to a group of people to cling to long held ideas and beliefs. Members of such a group are usually cautious about change or innovation.

Therefore, when parsed, the sentence could be restated as:

Alberta has a well educated workforce; however, there are a considerable number of people within the culture as a whole who resist change and maintain allegiance to long held ideas and beliefs.