According to British comedian Mitch Benn, the relationship that consists among conservatism and people of lower intelligence is not just a result of stupid people. The problem lies in the concept that people who do not question or further seek information past their original beliefs or pursue enlightenment are more inclined to be conservative.
During the QED 2013 Conference this year, Mike Hall, an atheist and web developer suggested that there was not a direct correlation to intelligence or enlightenment and that a person can be an atheist for the stupid reasons. By the end of Hall’s proposal, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins stepped in and questioned the idea of whether or not atheism was a result of higher intelligence.
In response, Mitch Benn said “I would say it is, but I would say it is tangentially.”
He commented studies that he has previously seen that link right-wing ideology to stupidity.
“It is not that simple. What it is, is people who aren’t that bright, who aren’t that smart, take refuge in certainty. In the capitalist West, that generally herds them into the right-wing camp, and it becomes God and country and waving the flag and ‘God save the queen’ and ‘God bless America.’”
“I have no doubt that people of a similar type of mindset had they grown up in Eastern Europe in the 1960s, it would have been all about the party. You know what I mean? But people who aren’t that bright take refuge in certainty… People who are smart have one less reason to be religious.”