One of the eventually disconnective insights I had during my years working with Jungian analysts is that when it came to applying his psychology to social issues, it was very curious how little different were the attitudes, values and analyses of these professionals from opinions one could hear at any garden party in Mill Valley. I don't recall running into anyone who found that a deeper psychological view changed any of their previously held opinions; it only seemed to confirm them. Or if it could have worked to disconfirm them, the new insight was compartmentalized.
I am not so arrogant as to believe that I am free from the confirmation bias. Looking back on my history, I can easily see that I have changed my mind more than twice. You could read this as an openness to experience and new ideas (which readers of Ex Cathedra might find a startling thing for me to say, but this blog is only 5 years old and I have been around considerably. I used to be a liberal).
Or a chronic inability to stick with.
Anyhow, I bring this up because when I find myself exploring areas on the net where nice people are not supposed to go, --I'm not talking porn (where almost everybody goes...at least the men) but race and gender, etc. --I find myself thinking, in part, psychologically. And amazingly, my psychological analysis confirms my political opinions!
Take, for example, racial hate groups.
The Nation of Islam. The Black Panthers (old and new).
Now most liberals are not set up to expect the phrase "racial hate group" being followed by Black groups. After all, Lenny Bernstein had the Panthers over the cocktails, didn't he? And Eric Holder's DOJ has told us that their apparent intimidation of white voters was only apparent. And association with the Reverend Minister Farrakhan, while a little edgy, is not a one-way ticket to social and political suicide, is it? Even all-American (!) Snoop Dog was there.
On the other hand, "right-wing militias" and "white supremacists" and Aryan Nations types...utterly beyond the pale (pardon the leuko-pun). As I noted about the Danish film Brotherhood, all the elements are in place very swiftly for us to know that everything about this group will be bad. Sympathy with any of their positions, no matter how mildly expressed, immediately taint you as reprobate. Curiosity about them might show something less than Righteous Condemnation and therefore leave one open to suspicion.
On the other hand, given "what Black people have suffered", you can understand why the Panthers or Farrakhan overdo it a little. No wahm sayin?
I will admit that, for instance, it is very hard for me to be psychologically curious about the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon.
I guess that's for the same reason that I find the human wrecks on Hoarders hard to watch than I do a set of interviews with a serial killer.