The Failure of the Liberal Imagination

New York University social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has uncovered, through his research which he reports in the 2012 book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, a stunning insight into the very different ways that American[1] liberals and conservatives imagine reality as seen through others’ eyes.  Conservatives, he found, are very adept at imagining the lifeworld of liberals.  By contrast, liberals are stunted when it comes to imagining life through the lens of a conservative.