by UnHerd
Wednesday, 6
January 2021

Jonathan Haidt: the political chaos isn’t over yet

by UnHerd

Below are the five moral ‘foundations’ on which, according to moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt, liberals and conservatives divide. In his bestseller 2012 book ‘The Righteous Mind’, the NYU professor made the argument that liberals tend to value the first two foundations over the others, harm and fairness, while conservatives value the others just as much.

But have the past few years, particularly the last 12 months, changed everything? After Trump, Brexit and now a pandemic, global protests and a contested US election we were curious to find out from Jonathan how — or if — the characteristics of Left and Right have changed. Is the new Left not rather more interested in Authority and in-group loyalty than they used to be? And is the prevalence of cancel culture and online censorship now a hallmark of liberal purity? How do these divides map across different generations?

We put these questions to Professor Haidt, and his answers were both unsettling and enlightening. Thanks to him for taking the time to talk to us.

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  • January 24, 2021
    Interesting question raised about how the fear and anger associated with Covid kills the curiosity essential for creativity. As someone preoccupied with the negative impacts of lockdown, I have struggled to shake off these worries and focus on my own artistic endeavours. Read more

  • January 22, 2021
    What do you think his bias is? Read more

  • January 18, 2021
    Professor Haidt's analysis on the fragility and "wokeness" of gen-xers is incorrect or only partially true. The major culprit is in my opinion the influence of Critical Theory and Postmodernist informed (ill-informed) educators in the universities and in our schools. They have trained generations of... Read more

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