Are men in the U.S. more macho, – and females prettier.. - than in so many other places ??
Acccording to a joint Danish / American study, - available here, - and soon to be published in the scientific journal “Psychological Science”, – the bigger the size of a man’s biceps, the less is his willingness to share, and the more likely it is he will vote for the GOP.
Yes, you guessed it: The more appealing a woman is, the less inclined is she to share, and the more likely it is she will vote “right”.
In a purely biological perspective, and in earlier times of scarcity, prioritizing the stronger part made sense. I’m not an anthropologist, but I believe it was a common occurrence that males would be first in line to eat, for the simple reason that they were also the ones supposed to supply the next meal…
In todays world, however, inequality simply does not make sense, but I guess that is a truth that hasn’t quite come through, and the U.S. , for instance, is such a place.
There is more to it though, and if you ask me, there’s something far more important than the size of your biceps and /or your appearence. It is KINSHIP ! It is no coincidence, that the world’s most egalitarian societies are also the most homogeneous, and I’d suggest homogeneity more than any other factor explains the general unwillingness of Americans to adopt Scandinavian-style welfare. In a multicultural society, there is not the same level of trust, and when people don’t trust each other, they become first and foremost concerned about the welfare of their own. It is a selfevident truth, completely in tune with biological psychology, that.. first ME, then family, then tribe, then nation, etc. – like it or not..
In other words: NO ! – Scandinavians, or the Japanese, are not better, they are homogeneous, above all.
Again, we could discuss this at length, but let us consider now, the link between equality and quality of life. Change – and Transhumanity, perhaps.. will come only when a sufficient number of voters understand just how essential equality is, and as a picture often says more than 1000 words, look closely at the following figures:
( Figures from “The Equality Trust”: The Price of Inequality )
Note: As an otherwise self-assertive Dane, who for other reasons is quite critical of Swedish neighbours, I’m delighted to shine some positive light on them, along with the Japanese :)
- Is Sweden awesome because it mooches off the U.S.? (washingtonpost.com)