Crusaderism is a psychological disease I discovered long ago. Oh, mock me if you will, and claim, "how can you, an economist, have a gall to say you discovered a psychological disorder?" But in due time, a real psychologist will discover it, give it some kind of official name, and then people will say,
"Ha! THAT??? POTUS Cappy discovered that about 50 years ago!"
However, since I've pointed out crusaderism and explained what it is, more and more people are being able to identify instances of it and are starting to see the deadly serious ramifications.
One of these not-so deadly ramifications is that crusaders are indeed jerks.
The tone of the article is one of "surprise" or "shock." To find out that people who participate in crusades are also highly correlated with being a jerk. People who study crusaderism, however, would not find this surprising at all. The reason why is that crusders are, if anything, incredibly selfish and lazy people. They put themselves first and find easy ways to give themselves self-worth and value. I won't go into detail, but you can see all the detail about crusaderism here, but take two people as an example:
The urban, masters degree intellectual who shops at Whole Foods. Does s/he have a masters in engineering? no. Probably a masters in art history or something like that. Drives a Prius, doesn't have a real job, relies on the taxpayer in one way or another for his/her income. KNOWS deep down inside they majored in sociology because they are too lazy to do math, and don't really contribute anything of value to society. AND SO by "going green" (which takes nothing and avoids math) they can claim not only are they doing something of value, they are superior to you cretins that shop at Wal-Mart.
The humble Asian student who is studying electrical engineering. S/he works hard, drives a beat up Toyota, studies advanced mathematics and electronics everyday, will inevitably build the processors to the computers on the GPS on the urban masters candidate's Prius, but can't afford as of yet a Prius, let alone overpriced food at Whole Foods or Starbucks. They go on to get a great job at Unisys, they pull in $250,000 and are then accused of being evil rich people that must pay more in taxes for the urban masters degreed dweller to "help" poor people or "the chillllldreeeeennnnnn."
Quite frankly, who would you rather hang out with? Obviously the poor Asian kid because they are intellectually honest. They are true to themselves. They are real men and women of strong moral caliber and you can expect them to treat you with the same courtesy. The other person is just an intellectually dishonest hypocrite and cover it up as much as they try with "buying the right food" or "driving the right car" or "voting for the right candidate" their personality will still shine through and show them to be the assholes they genuinely are.