The Telegraph’s Ed West reviews Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, which looks at why some people become conservatives and some liberals (sic) and asks why both sides inevitably start to demonise each other:
Haidt suggests that human beings have six moral foundations, a desire for care over harm, fairness, liberty over oppression, loyalty, authority, and sanctity, and that these govern our politics and religions. Surveying tens of thousands of self-identified liberals and conservatives with a series of ethical questions, he concluded that those on the Left were only really motivated by the first three, but (social) conservatives care about all six, roughly equally.
Seems they’re not stupid or evil afterall (blimey!) but they are rather stunted, ill-developed, and possess only half of the qualities conservatives.