Mental Illness and the Left

Source: ResearchGate.

It has been claimed that left-wingers or liberals (US sense) tend to more often suffer from mental illness than right-wingers or conservatives. This potential link was investigated using the General Social Survey cumulative cross-sectional dataset (1972-2018). A search of the available variables resulted in 5 items measuring one’s own mental illness (e.g., ”Do you have any emotional or mental disability?”). All of these items were weakly associated with left-wing political ideology as measured by self-report, with especially high rates seen for the “extremely liberal” group. These results mostly held up in regressions that adjusted for age, sex, and race. For the variable with the most data (n = 11,338), the difference in the mental illness measure between “extremely liberal” and “extremely conservative” was 0.39 d. Temporal analysis showed that the relationship between mental illness, happiness, and political ideology has existed in the GSS data since the 1970s and still existed in the 2010s. Within-study meta-analysis of all the results found that extreme liberals had a 150% increased rate of mental illness compared to moderates. The finding of increased mental illness among left-wingers is congruent with numerous findings based on related constructs, such as positive relationships between conservatism, religiousness and health in general.

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A psychiatric journal made a big mistake about transgender surgery

Source: American Thinker.

You’d think the Hippocratic Oath would have prevented the medical mistreatment of patients with body dysphoria, or that science — true to it’s own analytical nature — would have proceeded more cautiously. But ours already is a dystopian world.

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Hypothesis: Hospitals ARE The Vector @RealDonaldTrump

Source: The Market Ticker.

I know nothing about the writer and the venue in which his comments appear. Also, I’m not qualified to evaluate the quality of his argument. Still, I find the hypothesis intriguing: Covid-19 is “being spread in the medical environment — specifically, in the hospitals — not, in the main, on the beach or in the bar.”

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Sweden: the One Chart That Matters

Source: The Unz Review.

I remain shy about claiming Sweden’s Covid-19 response has been a success. Maybe we’ll know for sure a year from now, or a year or two after that.

Nevertheless, it is hard to argue with Sweden’s death chart that tops the article. As a bonus, the piece reveals New York Times failures in reporting the Swedish experience. The juxtaposition is between Nature and artifice.

Frequent, Fast, and Cheap is Better than Sensitive

Source: Marginal Revolution.

Tabarrok reports: “A number of firms have developed cheap, paper-strip tests for coronavirus that report results at-home in about 15 minutes but they have yet to be approved for use by the FDA because the FDA appears to be demanding that all tests reach accuracy levels similar to the PCR test. This is another deadly FDA mistake.”

I speculate that the cheap paper-strip tests might offer a solution to the face mask problem. It would be helpful to know and to be able to prove quickly that you are not infectious, meaning you don’t need to wear a mask.

The Federal Coup to Overthrow the States and Nix the 10th Amendment Is Underway

Source: The Rutherford Institute.

The principle the essay describes — the expansion of authoritarian federal police powers — is certainly real, but its application to the current wave of insurrectionist protests strikes me as overwrought. We should, instead, be thankful for the deployment of federal police against the rioters.

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