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Tue May 17, 2022, 03:25 PM

4. Recently read Annie Jacobsen's book, The Pentagon's Brain, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

In a section about the Manhattan Project, she describes how the greatest minds in physics at the time were assembled and kept in isolation. Like most assemblages of "nerds", game playing during their downtime was a big activity among them.

It was noted that the players who were most conservative politically would go for the throat in their games. Not satisfied to merely win, they wanted to crush and humiliate their opponent, to totally dominate the game and run up the score. If they won, they would crow and brag. If they lost they would get angry.

By contrast, the liberal scientists would do just enough to get the win, and, if in the lead, would actually ease up on their opponent and cut them a break.

It seems like this proclivity plays out in real life. The conservatives are not satisfied with a mere win, restricting abortion rights. They want to crush the opponent, totally end all abortions, regardless of the circumstances, even when common sense and medical realities are against them. Even if in practice it damages the conservatives and their loved ones, their bloodlust compels them to take it all, regardless of the price.

It's no accident that conservative politicians campaign more on winning, "owning the libs", then on building consensus and making sound policy decisions.

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