TED Talks: Jonathan Haidt on the moral roots of liberals and conservatives

An occasional post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet is made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettoes and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.

Jonathan Haidt raises the vexed question of why our political opponents (conservatives if you’re liberal, and vice versa) are so irredeemably stupid and bereft of moral values. The problem with challenging black and white differences of opinion is that the abyss of moral relativism yawns beneath our feet. I like my enemies clear-cut and well-defined, an invaluable aid to satisfying self-definition. But I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to know where the idiots are coming from…