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Are Socialists Physically Weak?

An intriguing new study has provoked the right-wing blogosphere, but this line of research presents more questions than answers.
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A couple weeks ago, a study bubbled up through the muck of the The Red Pill subreddit: “Physically Weak Men More Likely to be Socialists (Unless They’re Poor),” the Redditor posted, next to a tag that says “Science” and, for good measure, a picture of an atom.

“Lifting doesn’t just make you stronger and fitter, it also makes you less of a cuck,” the Redditor proclaimed, using a term coined by the men’s rights movement to signify a spineless beta male.

The study was also fodder for right-wing bloggers, some of whom wrote it the natural corollary: “strong men

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