Guns, Smoke, Global Warming and Microsoft

by Kieran Healy on June 19, 2004

If you’ve spent any time around the blogosphere, or looking at thinktank websites, you’ll be aware that the following [professed] opinions tend to go together:

  • widespread ownership of guns saves lives
  • tobacco smoke is harmless (if not to smokers then to anyone who breathes it second-hand)
  • global warming is a myth

There’s not too much mystery about this. The kinds of characteristics that would encourage the adoption of any one of these beliefs (make your own list) obviously encourage the others. What’s surprising to me is how frequently these opinions are correlated with support for Microsoft, and, more particularly, denunciation of open-source software.

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