Why Jonathan Haidt truly gets it

Jonathan Haidt is a psychologist who examines why the moral universe of people differs, and why it matters. Of interest to conservatives, he points out how the  liberal moral universe is almost exclusively oriented to care/harm, and distributional fairness, and miss the important moral axes of sanctity, loyalty, and purity. You cannot get from hunter-gatherer society to Chartres except by passing through shared ideas of the sacred, the pure, and group loyalty. Seems obvious to everyone but liberals.

In another aside, he points out how the academy has become “diverse” in every sense but the one that matters: diversity of opinions.
The sacred value of the universities these days, he says, is fighting racism, not finding truth. Breaking up that uniformity would be a good idea, and that would mean hiring (what people now call) conservatives.
 

 

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