Author Topic: Why are people conservtive or liberal?  (Read 184 times)

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Offline SirJohn

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Re: Why are people conservtive or liberal?
« on: April 09, 2017, 05:04:15 pm »
I don't actually delight in new things or change for the sake of change. I don't oppose traditions for the sake of opposing tradition, I oppose traditions that are at odds with my sense of fairness. A lot of our traditions have intrinsic value. A lot of our traditions build a sense of unity and community. I don't want to destroy those things.  But when traditions and fairness are at odds, tradition has to yield.


You are also not a liberal, as far as I can determine. You are sort of centrist. The point remains that in discussions about things like immigration the Left is predictably in favour and the Right is predictably opposed. The same for support of the military and law and order issues. That doesn't mean every liberal and every conservative will march in lockstep in total opposition on every issue, of course. For example, I'm a law and order guy, but I freely acknowledge there are serious issues with the way police are trained around use of force issues.

Haidt does suggest in another video that if you know what values the other side has then you can be better at trying to convince them of the validity of your argument. He uses the example of an attempt to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts. The first time it was tried the referendum failed. The second time it passed, and in large measure because those in favour of gay marriage completely changed how they presented their case in line with conservative views on social morality.
"When liberals insist that only fascists will defend borders then voters will hire fascists to do the job liberals won't do." David Frum