This is a brilliant article and names something I have suspected for some time. It is hard enough to deal with the climate crisis when you actually believe in it. Therefore, it becomes much easier when it actually doesn’t exist. (Western wildfires were started by arsonists!) But then of course you have to be afraid of Democrats who are planning some kind of communist takeover using climate as their excuse. :)
Perhaps that is less scary than actually the planet falling apart because of extreme weather events and rising seas and mass extinction of species.
This analysis that all this is based on fear seems so correct to me, and is also born out by the research on conservative thinking. It is more fear-based in general
At this point, however, I am also wondering if there’s a fear of being so incredibly wrong about such important issues that now your own children will be threatened. Or so wrong about the intentions of Donald Trump.
There are a number of national programs devoted now to increasing cross-divide dialogue in this country.
I recommend maybe doing some research and sharing these programs to the general population & your readership.
Many of us don’t have a lot of opportunities to talk to Trump supporters or people on the Right with any kind of space & time. We need those opportunities post haste.
Thank you. 🙏