From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:31:48 -0500 Archived: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 09:31:48 -0500 Subject: Defeat Proposed Public Policy? Label Supporters Source: PhysOrg.Com http://tinyurl.com/7wq9vjk November 29, 2011 Want To Defeat A Proposed Public Policy? Just Label Supporters As 'Extreme' by Jeff Grabmeier New research shows how support for a generally liked policy can be significantly lowered, simply by associating it with a group seen as "radical" or "extreme". In one experiment, researchers found that people expressed higher levels of support for a gender equality policy when the supporters were not specified than when the exact same policy was attributed to "radical feminist" supporters. These findings show why attacking political opponents as "extremists" is so popular =96 and so effective, said Thomas Nelson, co-author of the study and associate professor of political science at Ohio State University. "The beauty of using this 'extremism' tactic is that you don't have to attack a popular value that you know most people support," Nelson said. "You just have to say that, in this particular case, the supporters are going too far or are too extreme." Nelson conducted the study with Joseph Lyons and Gregory Gwiasda, both former graduate students at Ohio State. The findings were published in a recent issue of the journal Political Psychology. For the study, the researchers did several related experiments... [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] ----- Possible Relevance Of Article 'The Norm' "Government officials could use the political-psychological strategy of labeling certain advocates of UFO disclosure as "extremist". Example: They might state that "another petition has been submitted by the UFO organization called PRG whose director is the extremist political lobbyist --Stephen G. Bassett" Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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