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Who Grows Up to Be Conservative or Liberal?

Psychologists have been interested in whether there are broader psychological factors that predict whether someone is likely to hold conservative or liberal political views. How does early experience influence these views? Read More

This analysis doesn't

This analysis doesn't distinguish between cultural morality and political morality. Most of what is said refers to cultural morality. Politically, the reverse is true. Liberals tend to be more authoritarian than conservatives. Conservatives tend to give greater weight to individual choice. Conservatives, more often than Liberals, prefer government not control an activity.

Conservatives prefer private authoritarianism. Liberals prefer public authoritarianism.

Totally Agree

I have found three things that kids learn from their parents that takes a life time to grow out of: political affiliation, religion and how one likes their meat cooked.

I grew up under a staunch Republican father, who like his meat well done. But as I grew up, went to college, then attained a graduate degree things changed. Even more so when I started to travel the world. I found myself to be more open minded, more suspicious of authority and..I now like my meat cooked medium rare.

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Art Markman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist at the University of Texas whose research spans a range of topics in the way people think.

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