I’d challenge the left to defend such positions as infanticide, gender as identity vice physiology, and racial quotas as a cure for racism, but the response is inevitably an accusation ending in “ism.”
By Clint Fargeau, RedState
A brilliant social psychologist at NYU named Jonathan Haidt has performed experiments that looked into the differences between liberals and conservatives. Not to give away the ending, but he discovered that conservatives understand what liberals think far better than liberals understand what conservatives think.
If you have always suspected this, you may perform your victory dance now.
As Haidt describes in his book The Righteous Mind:
[W]e tested how well liberals and conservatives could understand each other … One-third of the time [study participants] were asked to fill out [a questionnaire] normally, answering as themselves. One-third of the time they were asked to fill it out as they think a “typical liberal” would respond. One-third of the time they were asked to fill it out as a “typical conservative” would respond … Who was best able to pretend to be the other? The results were clear and consistent. Moderates and conservatives were most accurate in their predictions, whether they were pretending to be liberals or conservatives. Liberals were the least accurate, especially those who described themselves as “very liberal.”
Haidt’s results flatly contradict the narrative usually presented to the public. Progressives are constantly berating conservatives for not understanding their deeply empathetic plans for the perfect society, immersed as we are in our bigotry, hate, and oil money.
I highly commend to you this TED talk by Jonathan Haidt, and offer you a conclusion based on it that he very carefully avoided.
He identifies five pillars of morality which are extant across all cultures.
- Harm/ Care. The desire to avoid harming others and care for those in need
- Fairness / Reciprocity.
- In Group Loyalty.
- Authority / Respect.
- Purity / Sanctity.
It should surprise no one that pillars one and two are uniformly more developed (only slight differences between Right and left). The remaining three are much less developed in the left, and much more robust on the Right.
Progressive morality is limited to two columns, Conservative morality embraces all five.
Short Version: Progressives are morally defective.