Here are two videos on the differences between liberals and conservatives and why these differences matter. Although I don’t agree with the assessment of Prof Saltz, as I believe her descriptions are a bit too fundamental, you can still see where some of this research is going. The other video by Jonathan Haidt is excellent. You can tell that he has given this issue serious thought.
As you listen to each account, think about how these differences influence our personal lives and our views on public policy. Conservatives, as a general rule, favor social order and social stability while liberals score higher on measures of “openness to experience.” You don’t have to be a rocket scientists to forecast how these differences will create conflicts around crime policy ect...
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology