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Why Liberalism? How our Sense of Empathy and Fairness Determines our Political Orientation Eric Balkan

Why Liberalism? How our Sense of Empathy and Fairness Determines our Political Orientation

Eric Balkan

Published May 1st 2011
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99 pages
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 About the Book 

Think that peoples political opinions are the result of carefully reasoned thought? Think that everyone would agree with you if you could just make them see the light? Think again! Big government vs small government, free market vs a fair market,MoreThink that peoples political opinions are the result of carefully reasoned thought? Think that everyone would agree with you if you could just make them see the light? Think again! Big government vs small government, free market vs a fair market, individualism vs group effort, conservative vs liberal.... Political controversies sound like theyre based on factual or logical differences. But theyre often not. The differences are largely cultural -- the effect of all the varied influences on us during our lifetime. And, in particular, theyre based on how much those cultural influences value empathy vs self-interest and fairness vs social stability.Because of an attribute of the brain called neuro-plasticity, these cultural influences become part of us -- they determine what we see and feel. Thats why its so hard to change someones mind in a political argument. But in knowing this, we can better understand both our own goals for public policy and those of others.