Are Democrats Better Neighbors?

Are Democrats Better Neighbors?

Created by Zoe Regen on Jan 10, 2014

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“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#1 Jan 10, 2014
Are Democrats Better Neighbors?
By Danny Huizinga
1/9/14

Are Democrats better neighbors? According to a long article by Ken Stern in The Atlantic, the correct answer is first no, then yes, then it’s unclear, then it’s irrelevant.

The most important answer is that last one. Political party affiliation really isn’t a great indicator for kindness or generosity, despite the “emerging body of evidence” Stern refers to. There is a collection of studies and articles arguing Democrats and Republicans think and act differently, but the conclusions are flimsy.

For example, Stern alleges “a series of differences—albeit not statistically significant ones—showing that Democrats more frequently loan dishes or tools to their neighbors, help strangers carry their belongings, offer up their seat on a train or bus, allow strangers to cut ahead of them in line, and give food or money directly to someone in need.”(emphasis added)

But Stern ignores the fact that statistical significance is not just some irrelevant technical term. A conclusion that is not statistically significant means that it has failed. In practical terms, his above conclusions are ridiculous.

In a much-discussed book, Arthur Brooks argued that conservatives are more likely to be generous with their money and time than liberals. But this conclusion, while statistically stronger, does not avoid the “correlation is causation” fallacy. Breaking down the data, we see that conservatives are more generous because religious people are more likely to be generous and, well, religious people are more likely to be conservative.

While there certainly may be merits to further research in political determinism, we should take these results with a grain of salt. It seems that every year, another study will come out claiming one party is better than the other at some attractive quality.

For example liberal journalist Chris Mooney claims,“I show evidence suggesting that liberals tend to be right. So why is that? If you look beneath the surface of our politics, you find out we differ by psychological traits.”

But then Samuel Goldman in The American Conservative argues,“Although they pride themselves on being open-minded, liberals generally have far less contact with conservatives than conservatives do with liberals.” He claims that conservatives are, in fact, more open-minded.

There are seemingly reasonable explanations to be made for either case, but the resounding conclusion from all of this is that political science can often be masked conjecture. Think twice before dismissing your political opponent because he is supposedly hard-wired by science.

Originally published at Washington Times Communities.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#2 Jan 10, 2014
Are democrats better neighbours?
only to people of likemindedness.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#3 Jan 10, 2014
Democrats tend to overspend and lose their homes to foreclosure. They also tend to cheat on taxes and lie about donations to charities and churches. They make horrible neighbors.
The Answer Is NO

Blacklick, OH

#4 Jan 10, 2014
I live in a neighborhood with lots of Obama Democrats. Black, stupid and lazy. Lawns are not cut, litter is left where it was dropped, kids are not disciplined or even watched. There are fights requiring repeated police visits. I look forward to cold weather because they all stay inside.

The answer never gets past "NO".
Oliver Canterberry

Columbus, OH

#5 Jan 10, 2014
The Answer Is NO wrote:
I live in a neighborhood with lots of Obama Democrats. Black, stupid and lazy. Lawns are not cut, litter is left where it was dropped, kids are not disciplined or even watched. There are fights requiring repeated police visits. I look forward to cold weather because they all stay inside.
The answer never gets past "NO".
Stupid for Europeans but not for those who come from a climate with a long rainy season followed by a long long summer.

They are living like hunter gatherers in a typical African village.

Less than 200 years in a European environment is not going to change intrinsic nature. Only Europeans like Germans, English, etc. live in highly structured close contract efficiently because their cold European environments forced them to adapt as compared to the open savannahs and grass lands of Africa.

Additionally they were brought to America and South America by brute force.

Their behavior should really come as no surprise.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#6 Jan 11, 2014
Europeans in general and North America in particular would have been a lot better off if those its would have been kept in Africa. with the blacks and muzzers more hell has come out of Africa than Europe and Asia combined.
Their behaviour is no surprise!!!

“YOUR STUPIDITY”

Since: Apr 10

IS APPALLING!

#8 Jan 11, 2014
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
I don't have neighbors closer than a mile. There use to be a saying " strong fences make good neighbors ".
Amen,Spook!
My one neighbor and next to them are ignorant hicks.
Garbage yards,constantly, 4 barking dogs, park on front lawn(not allowed in city) and just plain inconsiderate of me....noise right under bedroom window at 5:00am...daily annoyances ......
Disgusting!

Ok, I'm done now.
Lol
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#9 Jan 11, 2014
Hell yes they are.

MY last neighbor was a conservative Republican and
he considered himself to be above the covenants and rules
of the association even though the day he bought into
'the development he automatically came under the same
rules as everybody else. The arrogant mutrt.

He moved on after two years.
Good riddance!

Republicans.

Such filth.
The Answer Is NO

Blacklick, OH

#10 Jan 11, 2014
BizzyBee wrote:
<quoted text>
Amen,Spook!
My one neighbor and next to them are ignorant hicks.
Garbage yards,constantly, 4 barking dogs, park on front lawn(not allowed in city) and just plain inconsiderate of me....noise right under bedroom window at 5:00am...daily annoyances ......
Disgusting!
Ok, I'm done now.
Lol
Hill trash can be just as bad as Obama Democrats. Outside of hillbillies being able to speak English there are a lot of similarities.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#11 Jan 11, 2014
Like there ain't no trash in the native born three C's.
The only things like Obama anything are the muzzerds and Brunswick,
Georgia baby head shooters!
Had to put the Georgia behind the Brunswick so as not to make the Medina County Brunswickers think I was talking about them.
dunadd

Greensboro, NC

#12 Jan 11, 2014
Like there ain't no trash in the native born 3C'ers.
The Obama people are very similar to the muzzerds and the baby head shooter in Brunswick, Georgia.
Had to put Georgia behind so as not to make the Brunswick people in Medina County mad. It's the one in Georgia.
BS Radar

Galloway, OH

#13 Jan 11, 2014
Gary wrote:
Hell yes they are.
MY last neighbor was a conservative Republican and
he considered himself to be above the covenants and rules
of the association even though the day he bought into
'the development he automatically came under the same
rules as everybody else. The arrogant mutrt.
He moved on after two years.
Good riddance!
Republicans.
Such filth.
That's funny. I had the exact same example except in reverse. I was surrounded by Democrats in a small condo community. They all thought they were above the covenants and rules of the association. I left a few years ago thank goodness. It's now a dump. Thanks to those fine Democrats. Such filth! It used to be a beautiful place.They ruined it.
I also had a really good friend at work who is a democrat. I didn't let on that I was a Republican for a very long time. When she found out, she quit talking to me. Democrats don't like anyone who disagrees with them. How sad is that?
MyoMy

Mcdermott, OH

#14 Jan 11, 2014
Not a very good idea for a neighbor simply because the vast majority are Nibbers or Hicos, This scenario would put one in a rough neighborhood.

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#15 Jan 12, 2014
The Answer Is NO wrote:
<quoted text>
Hill trash can be just as bad as Obama Democrats. Outside of hillbillies being able to speak English there are a lot of similarities.
Take a look at the Ohio voting results, hill trash folks are democrats. Explains how we got stuck with stupid Ted Strickland aka Strychnine and Obama!

“Zuzu's Petals”

Since: Sep 10

Bedford Falls

#16 Jan 12, 2014
Strickland=democrat=stupid=Sou thern Ohio Hill Trash!

“YOUR STUPIDITY”

Since: Apr 10

IS APPALLING!

#17 Jan 12, 2014
Zoe Regen wrote:
<quoted text>
Take a look at the Ohio voting results, hill trash folks are democrats. Explains how we got stuck with stupid Ted Strickland aka Strychnine and Obama!
Sometimes Ted surprises the hell out of me.
He is trying to please everyone....BECAUSE he wants a bigger title!.......

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