A new study has shown that “Beta Males” who are smaller, and more physically weak, are more likely to become socialists. Why do they favor socialism? Because they have little man syndrome. They want to feel as equally powerful as men who are more physically fit than them.
Catch my drift? The academic study was performed by researchers a Brunel University London. They assessed 171 men and judged by the following factors: height, weight, physical strength, bicep circumference and combined that with their views on redistribution of wealth (Robin Hood Theory). It was then published in a journal called Evolution and Human Behavior.
Their theory? Weaker men are more prone to be socialists.
Brunel University’s Michael Price believes this may be a product of evolutionary psychology.
“This is about our Stone Age brains, in a modern society,” said Dr. Price. “Our minds evolved in environments where strength was a big determinant of success. If you find yourself in a body not threatened by other males, if you feel you can win competitions for status, then maybe you start thinking inequality is pretty good.”
Taking his assessment one step further, Price wanted to factor in gym time to see if he could determine the relationship flow between strength and socialistic leanings. Are men who are naturally strong more inclined to hold capitalistic views, or are men with capitalistic views driven to go to the gym?
“When Dr Price factored in time spent in the gym some, but not all, of the link disappeared,” notes The Times, suggesting there may be something to men with capitalistic views hitting the gym.
“Of course this isn’t rational in modern environments, where your ability to win might have more to do with where you went to university. Lot of guys who are phenomenally successful in modern societies would probably be nowhere near as successful in hunter gatherer societies,” added Price.
Other studies in the past have also suggested stronger men are more right-wing than physically weaker men. “Researchers found that men’s opinions on redistribution of wealth could be predicted by their upper body strength, with powerful men more likely to take a conservative stance of protecting their own interests,” notedThe Telegraph of a 2013 study from Aarhus University in Denmark.
I think I can wholeheartedly agree with this. Not all men who are less physically fit have those views, but I think every man with socialistic logic was one that looked like a beta male.