Building on Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind

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I was knocked out by the approach Jon Haidt developed in this book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion”. Among other things it provided me with some really important and prescient insights into the support Donald Trump garnered to win the US Presidency. (Note: I was one of the people fortunate enough to read it in manuscript and contribute some comments to the author before recent political developments.) But I have now come to use the approach Jon has constructed to build on and move beyond its insights to different ones that I think may be of help in our new current political situation.

My first point of departure is a meta one. Jon makes a strong case that our rational brain (what he calls our Rider) is essentially what he calls Glauconian. Our often unconscious moral auto pilot (what he calls our Elephant)…

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