I have always been fascinated with the work of Dr. George Lakoff, Professor of Linguistics at Berkeley in CA. His theory is that our political leanings reflect the way they were parented. If you were raised with a "strict father/tough love" style you tend to be more conservative in your views. If your were raised with a "nurturing mother" style, you tend to be more liberal. Does that concept coincide with your experience?
sort by best latest
Again, I misrepresented Lakoff's concept. He didn't say one caused the other. He just DESCRIBED the views of Republicans as the tough love/strict father and the views of Democrats as the nurturing mother I can't change what I typed :(
JayeWisdom, Wanna march with me? (tee hee) I think I misrepresented Lakof'fs views and didn't realize it until I read the responses. I should have said do you have a nurturing mother or strict father view of the world?
Aquasilver - I think I read that before about your dad! Amazing... War! I want to shout to the world. STOP FIGHTING! don't you. The analogy doesn't mean the mother is the nurturer though. It's a symbol for parenting from both - the composite
I realize I TOTALLY misrepresented Lakoff's views. UGH! BUT, this question is probably producing more responses. I think he would have asked "Do you have a 'strict father' or 'nurturing mother' view of the world. I love your story!
I REALLY mis-represented Lakoff's view! He says that liberals HAVE a nurturing mother view of the world- conservative Repub have a "strict father" view, not necessarily that their parents were. Sorry. (I'm exactly where you r in political views.)
true, true, Connorj. I should have asked, "Do you agree that Democrats view the world as a nurturing mother and Republicans as a strict father?" I do think though that my mother's view of the world has influenced my political leanings.
Partly; quite a few rich repubs may indeed resemble this "strict father" definitely not all. Likewise I would venture a guess, that some Demos resemble the nurturing mom; however, both parties are significantly eclectic and attract marginal fringes..
Ah... that's true. I was raised in Milwaukee (big union town and my dad was really protected by his company and his union working together) and I lived in Progressive Minnesota and worked for Paul Wellstone's campaign, Congressman Jerry Sikorki,etc.