There’s a meme going around that says that reality has a well-known liberal bias and unfortunately, a lot of liberals that I run into seem to take this seriously. Now I don’t want to get into a discussion on the ultimate stupidity of memes in general, but I really don’t buy this idea one bit.
In fact, as I’ve said in the past, liberalism builds upon the success of conservatism. It is only once a society is well established through the hard work and dedication of the conservative mindset that liberalism is free to take over, once people don’t have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from or how they’re going to put a roof over their heads, then they can worry about social issues and the like. Every advanced nation stands on the shoulders of conservatism and, whether you want to agree with me or not, I think rampant liberalism is the sign of a declining culture, not an advancing one.
But this is a question about reality and, of course, reality has no such biases whatsoever. Reality doesn’t care about politics, it has no capacity to consider social, economic or political issues, it just is. Obviously the statement, as stated, is simply false. But as intended, I don’t see “reality” as having any more of a liberal bent than it does a conservative one. It all depends on your perspective. There are just as many crazy people on the left as there are on the right. I’ll be the first to admit that the right wing has a ton of real wingnuts, but then again, so does the left. Anti-GMO morons, social justice warriors, anti-vaxers, you name it. While I think that the religious right is infamous for simply ignoring reality when reality interferes with their beliefs, the liberal left does exactly the same thing, just on different subjects. There is no evidence whatsoever that GMO is bad for you, in fact, if it wasn’t for GMO and other modified foods, we would be unable to feed the human population of this planet. Organic and natural farming methods take too much land, require too much water and too many pesticides. If we went back to the “good old days” you’d end up with a lot of dead people. The same with feminists. Feminists refuse to acknowledge the undeniable fact that there is no significant gender wage gap. It’s part of their religion, therefore they keep the faith, even if the evidence doesn’t support them. The list goes on and on and on.
So we get back to the original question, does reality have a liberal bias? No. But liberals are no better than conservatives and both sides need to be a lot better. They need to be more rational, they need to be more evidence-based and they need to be less emotional. But this isn’t the way things are going, both sides are running down the emotional primrose path, wanting desperately to “feel good” instead of just being intelligent. That will spell the doom of us all.