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"Partisan group members suffer the misapprehension that their adversaries work to actively and willfully oppose their own sides' interests rather than promoting the values that are central to their adversaries' doctrine; it is this perception that may spawn the feelings of distrust and animosity that partisans feel toward their rivals and may ultimately fuel conflict between partisan groups." 
We found that there are real moral differences between liberals and conservatives, but people across the political spectrum exaggerate the magnitude of these differences and in so doing create opposing moral stereotypes that are shared by all. Calling attention to this unique form of stereotyping, and to the fact that liberal and conservative moral values are less polarized than most people think, could be effective ways of reducing the distrust and animosity of current ideological divisions.

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Looking Left and Right: Inspiring Different Ideas, Envisioning Better Tomorrows Rich Turcotte is a retired attorney, former financial advisor, and now a writer. Through his work, he hopes to encourage a new level of civility and (more...)

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Acting on and adhering to principles can be an adm... by Richard Turcotte on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014 at 3:52:52 PM
I agree that "conservatism is the negation of ideo... by Charles Roll on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 at 12:18:25 AM
Good questions.  You might find the answer i... by Mark A. Goldman on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 9:57:27 AM
I find an odd dissonance between the Right's advo... by molly cruz on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 12:02:29 PM
The answer is not that hard, and the implementatio... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 1:48:26 PM
" [C]onservatism is the negation of ideology: it... by Derryl Hermanutz on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 3:36:31 PM
Yeah, me too. ... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 10:38:48 PM
Interesting observations, Derryl. Thanks for shar... by Richard Turcotte on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 5:53:58 AM
I think America needs to slow down and start givi... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 3:46:00 PM
We became this way because we are using an a 340 ... by Mark Whittington on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 7:21:02 PM
Thanks for the comments, Mark. No question that re... by Richard Turcotte on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 6:03:45 AM
"..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts f... by Lance Brofman on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 at 8:13:18 PM
DANG, Lance, if you're going to post good links,&n... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 8:14:17 AM
Many political arguments break down to a differenc... by Vernon Huffman on Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 2:42:12 PM