“All of us, liberal or conservative, feel as though we’ve reached our political opinions by carefully weighing the evidence and exercising our best judgment. But it could be that all of that careful reasoning is just after-the-fact self-justification” (Klein, 2006)
This from an academic study out of Canada called Why are people liberal? Provocative as the idea that political ideology is really a nature vs nuture problem, two ideas stood out in particular:
1. “Need for Change uniquely predicted political liberalism such that greater desire for new experiences and rebellion predicted greater endorsement of political liberalism.” The Obama campaign may have been MUCH smarter than most of us imagined.
2. “Need for Inclusiveness strongly predicted political liberalism, especially among individuals higher in political knowledge.”
The study refers to similiar work on political conservatism. Such ideas set a high bar. If so, we need to not only think our way through the issues, we need to think our way out of our predispositions.