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Just because people don't act rationally, that doesn't mean that their emotions are not consistent, or can not be understood.

Emotions are not intentional, nor do they lead to rational behavior. (by definition). The translation of an emotion into a point-of-view depends purely on the context: it can swing any direction.

A conservative might be against war, because he/she is afraid it will make the world dislike the US more, and hurt his/her security more.

A progressive might be in favor of war, because he/she is afraid that without it, the world is worse off, and the potential for a better world is lost.

And from that perspective, I do consider the stated 'political' dimension a potentially relevant categorization of programmers' mentality.

But without knowing their background, there is no way to predict how they actually feel about specific approaches.

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