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  •  Bill Moyers most recent Journal program on PBS (0+ / 0-)

    was fascinating and enlightening with respect to the issue. Last Sunday an author, whose name I do not remember, spoke at lenght about how conservatives and liberals just react differently. The author was a liberal leaning person originally, but as he worked and developed the book, he himself changed to be more of conservative.......I suggest it would be helpful to see this program. I myself see the need to review it again, as it was quite deep ....and helpful.
    Byrnt
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    •  That was a rerun. The guest (0+ / 0-)

      Moyers had on was Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia. Although I listened to the interview, I wasn't sure that all his conclusions were accurate, or if they were, they would seem to indicate that it is inevitable that the country should slide ever rightward, as indeed has Haidt himself. When asked at the end whether he was liberal or conservative he said that he had been a liberal until he did his study. He never answered what he had become, but he was apparently more conservative than he had been.

      And earlier on in the discussion he said that conservatives have a more realistic view of human nature. Although he seems convinced that this conclusion is grounded in empirical evidence, I think that he has just traded one perspective for another rather than truly viewing things from several perspectives.

      In other words, what I think has happened is that he's become a disillusioned liberal. He may have had a certain smug satisfaction as a liberal, and now he may feel that the scales have fallen from his eyes, but deep down I think he's just traded one type of smug satisfaction for another.

      I don't think every bit of his study should be discredited, but I'm not very confident with his conclusions.

      Here's a link to the program:

      http://billmoyers.com/...

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:24:26 PM PDT

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      •  BTW, I'm 60 and if I ever start (2+ / 0-)
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        voting for corporatist conservatives, you will know that I have officially lost it.

        "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

        by Lily O Lady on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 09:27:33 PM PDT

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