Which values one embraces in making MORAL decisions sets one’s political outlook, says Connor Wood, writing in Pathos. Here is a quick summary.
For conservatives, five major cognitive instincts are involved in making moral decisions, including instincts aimed at preserving authority structures, maintaining standards of purity and sanctity, and ensuring loyalty to the group.
Liberals, meanwhile, only emphasize two moral instincts: fairness and the prevention of harm to others.
The three instincts that conservatives retain but liberals ignore – authority, sanctity, and group loyalty – are all aimed at keeping groups knitted together.
Where do libertarians fit on this scale? They place relatively little emphasis on any of the moral sentiments. They place even less on the three “conservative” ones – making them much more similar to liberals than to conservatives.
Connor wonders, then, why both conservatives and libertarians gathered together at the recent CPAC Convention if they agree on little. In fact, Connor suspects that a divorce is imminent. He believes that each group will go their separate way.
Should Dems rejoice? Probably not because they have their own pending problem- religion! Yes, THAT. Many blacks and Latinos hold religion ( the Bible) in high regard and often feel offended by agnostic and atheist liberals who denigrate religious beliefs.