2009-05-31 Why do people persist in voting Republican

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I happened to read University of Virginia Psychologist Jonathan Haidt's thoughtful essay on what makes people vote Republican, by following links on George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen's always interesting Marginal Revolution blog. Interestingly enough, he portrays himself as being able to enter into a sympathetic understanding of American conservatives only after entering into a sympathetic understanding of Hindus while doing field work in India.

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Read the whole thing. You might even conclude, as I suspect Haidt does, that Republican voters tend to be more nuanced and sophisticated than Democratic voters.

Commentary:

  • /woozle: Barone takes Haidt's pile of crap and proudly builds a party platform on it

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