liberals vs conservatives?

What is the real difference? … with Jonathan Haidt

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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt studies the five moral values that form the basis of our political choices, whether we’re left, right or center.

In this eye-opening talk, he uses his research to answer this question:

What are the moral values that liberals and conservatives tend to honor most.

His Moral Foundations Theory looks at the way morality varies between cultures and identifies five fundamental moral values shared to a greater or lesser degree by different societies and individuals. These are;

1. Care for others, protecting them from harm
2. Fairness, Justice, treating others equally.
3. Loyalty to your group, family, nation
4. Respect for tradition and legitimate authority.
5. Purity, avoiding disgusting things, foods, actions.

Measure Your Morals

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Many aspects of personality are related to morality. Many aspects of behavior are influenced by moral motives. And many conflicts and misunderstandings are driven by differences in morality. But rather than simply telling you these things, we want you to see for yourself. After each questionnaire or experiment you complete, we’ll give you an immediate report on how you scored, and what your score means.

One thought on “liberals vs conservatives?

  1. It starts by people knowing who they are. I find it interesting that my political party choice is more Republican, while my social morals are more Democratic. While change is often caused by radical liberalism in the form of revolution, revolution can not and does not last without institutions, traditions, and order. A better change happens when we have a balanced foundation of cooporation between the right and left. First, for people to change and bring about change, they must understand themselves. If we don’t understand ourselves, how can we find a way for cooporation and stability for change with others?

    Change is good and it needs to happen from a system that brings about change without disrupting the system. We need to take the guess work out of how change happens and make it an expected automatic process. A people (the world) that automatically anticipates its future expectations will be able to do so, because their environment and people have become a mutual resource.

    Joe JAM

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