Posted by Jonathan Haidt in Moral Foundations in Action, Politics
Here’s all 318 pages of The Righteous Mind condensed into a single cartoon,
by Patricia Kambitsch at http://slowlearning.org
“Why do humans reason?”
Good cartoon, professor. Ever hopeful.
Speaking of implicit assumptions, that noted social critic Cher, recently stirred up some controversy in the Conservative blogosphere as a result of comments she made during a conversation with Randi Rhodes the famous Air America alumna who thought it would be a good idea to take Bush out in a row boat and cap him. Works for her, she said.
But Cher’s plaintive reference to the possible necessity of a revolution, seemed banal enough to me. I think the Conservatives are overly sensitive here. She’s just spouting, and no doubt seeing her decked out as Che(r) Guevara would be rather entertaining.
What I found more interesting – in the way of tribes and all – were some of Cher’s earlier remarks.
Particularly this one, which presented her take on Romney and company …
“… but I mean, you, you look at the functions like all the you know the stump speeches and where are the people? Where are the real people? Where are the Latinos, where are the Asians, where are the Black people? …”
It might take an additional reading or two, if then, to get at what she is really saying. No pun intended.
I do think that she should be congratulated for speaking her mind, so-called, and not upbraided. It’s good to know what people really do think, and what one is actually dealing with …
You say in the book that your analysis does not apply to dictatorships. So where to dictatorships come from? And if we are in transition to one, just when does the analysis cease to apply?
Here is it in one letter: how we scare the shit out of each other, without even trying.
If you are “liberal”, you are proud of this. It represents the best of ‘moral progress’ to you, moral backbone, and moral courage.
If you are “conservative”, this confirms everything you thought. It represents unfettered freedom, no acknowledgement of any limits, an invitation to the sewer.
It could be solved if liberal could summon the courage to talk about responsibility, not just freedom. It would help if they actually showed they had listened back, not just that they had plowed forward “with an agenda”, i.e. if they showed some respect.
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