Loved the article and I think it explains a lot. But ingroup does sometimes cause conservatives to at least appear not so smart. Take the latest "Don't let your kids view the Obama back to school speech" issue. On the surface, that sure made a lot of conservatives appear to be pretty thick (and I wonder how many actually watched the speech and if they did, did they feel embarassed). Ingroup, which would be the reason, seems to override the intellect of the individual. Its a very interesting value. The opposite of critical thinking. But I'm sure it comes in handy in lots of other situations.

Thanks for writing this.

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