Monday, November 20, 2017
George Lakoff has argued persuasively that an underlying cause of the deep conservative/liberal divide is that, while both tend to view government as like a family, they have different theories of what kind of parent is best to lead a family. He calls these two views "strict father" and "nurturant parent," respectively.
This helps make sense of why conservative policy is so hard on welfare recipients. They believe a strict father should make children become responsible and self-supporting.
This also explains why they want "fathers" of all kinds to have a free hand. Theirs is a patriarchal theory in the most literal sense.
Which brings us to the mystery of "trickle-down economics." As an economic theory it has failed repeatedly. However, conservatives doggedly stick to it as the solution to all problems. Give the rich more money and give corporations a free hand, and they will do what is best for their dependents.
Liberals regard corporations as economic institutions, which respond to incentives. If you want them to create more jobs, then tie their tax breaks to actually producing more jobs.