Why Liberalism? How our Sense of Empathy and Fairness Determines our Political Orientation
By Eric Balkan
Published: May 26, 2011.
Ever wonder why it's virtually impossible to change someone's mind on a political issue? It's because political opinion is not based on philosophy, rational thinking or facts. But instead on the culture we've been socialized into. And specifically, how much that culture prizes empathy vs self-interest and the desire for fairness vs the desire for social stability.