To Politics and Civility
I’ll have a lot more here eventually, as various people and groups find ways to apply moral psychology to improving cross-partisan dialogue and relationships.
1) I co-run a project to apply moral psych to political civility at www.CivilPolitics.org. See especially these links to videos, books, and online essays that can help liberals and conservatives understand each other.
2) There are many groups working to foster greater understanding across the political divide, often by building personal relationships, which I believe is the best way to proceed (because intuitions come first, strategic reasoning second, so change the intuitions before you ask people to reason with each other). Those groups include:
—The Village Square, a bipartisan group of Floridians who foster dialogue and civility in state politics, in part by hosting events involving shared meals. (Dining together activates tribal psychology that reduces divisions)
3) There are many groups working to overcome the gridlock, mistrust, corruption and inefficiency that makes American government so ineffective. A few that I really like include:
4) I co-run a project to apply moral psych to business ethics at www.EthicalSystems.org. [on hold while I’m on book tour, but will get going after the election]
5) Here is a page of links to essays that have applied the ideas in the book to addressing social problems.
6) I’m hopeful that churches, synagogues, Rotary clubs, and other organizations will arrange cross-partisan dinner discussions, asking participants to read The Righteous Mind first, and then acting on the last line of the book: “We’re all stuck here for a while, so let’s try to work it out.” I’ll post links to groups that have succeeded in fostering such conversations here, including The Public Conversations Project, The Village Square, and The Livingroom Conversations Project.
7) I’ll note blogs and websites that are applying moral psych in interesting ways:
- The Independent Whig (writing about morality and politics from a conservative perspective)
- Econlog (Bryan Caplan and Arnold Kling address social and policy issues as libertarian economists)
- Isabel Penreath has been applying and critiquing moral foundations theory from a liberal Christian perspective