Kinderpolitik

A study out of UC Berkeley (where else?) claims that "resilient, self-reliant" toddlers grow up to become liberals.

Unless the penchant for self-reliance goes awry as they grow into adulthood, maybe they're talking about this kind of liberals.

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From the study: "there was a

From the study:

"there was a .27 correlation between being self-reliant in nursery school and being a liberal as an adult. Another way of saying it is that self-reliance predicts statistically about 7 per cent of the variance between kids who became liberal and those who became conservative"

In other words, 93% of the variance is explained by other factors. It is a pity that more of the statistical data was not released. Given an r2 of 7%, my guess is that he failed to reject the null hypothesis.

Also, if a whiny kid in Berkeley or China looks to tradition as a safety net, tradition would mean being a lefty.

"Also, if a whiny kid in

"Also, if a whiny kid in Berkeley or China looks to tradition as a safety net, tradition would mean being a lefty."

Not just Berkeley. When it comes to politics the American left is the most reactionary conservative group out there. (although not so much socially)

Most reformist movements in this country these days come from the libertarian or right camps.