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Case in point: the attitude of Lenin and Trotsky towards the value of religion in society.  The cause and effect is rather clear there.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 01:52:30 AM EST
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Strictly speaking you don't know what the effect is since the WVS wasn't being conducted 90 years ago.

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 03:42:31 AM EST
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I somehow have difficulty imagining that a poll on the attitude of Soviet citizens towards the Russian Orthodox Church or religion in general would have shown ANY positive attitudes in the 1930s.  Just having a pollster pose the question would have been an effective immediate substitute for a laxative for those with any sympathy for religion during those times.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 10:36:57 AM EST
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Or we can look at the cognitive shifts regarding economy in China, Russia and Eastern Europe the last 20 years.
by das monde on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 07:56:31 AM EST
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If we look at those regions, the effect of the economic situation on the (less talked about in this diary) right-left dimension of the diagram should also be clear.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 10:20:57 AM EST
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Actually, one of the first maps presented in the book is broken down not by "Protestant Europe", "Catholic Europe", etc, but by income, low/middle/high, with the economic zones taken from the World Bank's World Development Indicators, 2002. I didn't see this map on the website. Frankly I paid more attention to the book which goes into greater detail on the methodology and theoretical spadework the authors rely on.

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
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by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Tue Apr 21st, 2009 at 11:54:41 AM EST
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