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09 Sep

Why Do People Vote Conservative?

Edge: the Third Culture has published the following interesting essay by psychologist  Jonathan Haidt.  Though it refers to American political parties, I think that his research may be useful in a Canadian context.
Commentary by Daniel Everett, Howard Gardner, Michael Shermer, Scott Atran, James Fowler, Alison Gopnik, Sam Harris, James O’Donnell follow the essay.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/haidt08/haidt08_index.html

WHAT MAKES PEOPLE VOTE REPUBLICAN?
By Jonathan Haidt

JONATHAN HAIDT is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, where he does research on morality and emotion and how they vary across cultures. He is the author of The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom.

“..the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats “just don’t get it,” this is the “it” to which they refer.”

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