Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Snowflakes Gotta Flake

Instapundit links to an article at Evie Magazine which reports findings of a Pew Research study. It feels almost sinful when research produces findings that substantiate our gut feelings, as these do.

Pew American Trends Panel: Wave 64, was dated March 2020 — over a year ago.

The study, which examined white liberals, moderates, and conservatives, both male and female, found that conservatives were far less likely to be diagnosed with mental health issues than those who identified as either liberal or even “very liberal.” What’s more, white women suffered the worst of all. White women, ages 18-29, who identified as liberal were given a mental health diagnosis from medical professionals at a rate of 56.3%, as compared to 28.4% in moderates and 27.3% in conservatives.

We find yet another example of the underlying mechanism of Miles Law in action. Rufus Miles famously said that “where you stand depends on where you sit.” 

If a major part of “where you sit” is a mental health diagnosis, often of anxiety or depression, then we shouldn’t be surprised if where you stand politically is with the downtrodden, with whom you identify. And vice versa, if you don’t feel depressed or anguished, you are less likely to make common cause with those whose situation is bleak.