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  • Our Political Nature

  • The Evolutionary Origins of What Divides Us
  • By: Avi Tuschman
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
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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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Have everyone you know read this.

  • By John Stanko on 08-10-16

A Trivial Version of Haidt's "The Righteous Mind"

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Reviewed: 10-29-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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."---
--Dick Morris"


Would you ever listen to anything by Avi Tuschman again?


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