The first book to tell the natural history of political orientations.
Our Political Nature is the first book to reveal the hidden roots of our most deeply held moral values. It shows how political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. These clusters entail opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Together, these traits are by far the most powerful cause of left-right voting, even leading people to regularly vote against their economic interests.
As this book explains, our political personalities also influence our likely choice of a mate, and shape society's larger reproductive patterns. Most importantly of all, it tells the evolutionary stories of these crucial personality traits, which stem from epic biological conflicts.
Based on dozens of exciting new insights from primatology, genetics, neuroscience, and anthropology, this groundbreaking work brings core concepts to life through current news stories and personalities. For instance, listeners will meet Glenn Beck and Hugo Chavez and come to understand the underlying evolutionary forces they represent. By blending serious research with relevant contemporary examples, Our Political Nature casts important light onto the ideological clashes that so dangerously divide and imperil our world today.
©2013 Avi Tuschman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I listen for the sake of learning
Yes, this a major work, it needs to be carefully consider.
Better Angels of our Nature, by Steven pinker, would make a Great companion book.
It was easy to listen to at 2X. Voice was clear and anonsation perfect.
No. Do you self a favor and reflect on the significance of what is being said. Avi Tuschman, tries very hard to stay out of the book. He tries to take the perspective of the alien who is studying human life on earth.
Avi Tuschman, has put together a toolbox that can help the politician as well as the constituents the world over to think about the issue that we face in life from a lofty vantage point. It's time we look at how we govern, and this is a great book to help us alongh our way.
I only read the audio version.
It answers why babies cry in the middle of the night. Who knew? It's not because they are hungry.
Economic Philosophy and Political Economy
I understand the business of writing money-making books by regurgitating the works of others for fun and profit. And I understand the need to simplify works for less academic readers. But I also understand not giving credit to the people who you're copying. Especially when it's by attempting to avoid references to them. I also understand the use of obscurant language, and bias as propaganda. And oversimplification and analogy as a means of inserting deception.
This is a weak attempt by an also-ran author to insert his political bias into the political discourse as a substitute for scholarship. It's not plagiarism per se. Because that would add insult to the prior work.
Read Haidt instead. It is a balanced work by the leading academic in the field. If you read "The Righteous Mind", "Explanation of Ideology: Family Structure & Social System", "The Red Queen", and "Demonic Males" you will know pretty much the moral origins of human beings. If you read Andrew Heywood's "Political Ideologies : An Introduction" that will explain political discourse.
The fact is, that moral codes are largely genetic. What isn't genetic is determined by the structure of the family (absolute nuclear, nuclear, traditional, extended or tribal). What isn't determined by family structure is determined by economics. However, this is all misleading because MORAL sensibilities are different from VOTING PATTERNS.
American voting patterns can be reduced to this single statement, and nothing else matters:
---"93% of blacks, 70% of Latinos, 60% of those under 30, and 62% of single people, voted for Obama. And white married couples over 30 years of age voted for Romney. Not much else matters."---
NOTHING ELSE MATTERS - WE ARE TRIBAL CREATURES.
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