Personal Morality Translated into Political Attitudes

The tension between individualists and collectivists was noted near the start of this book (2.2) as an example of people’s inherent diversity.  Similarly, people may be innately conservative or they may be inclined to be progressive in their attitudes towards change.  Some may have religious convictions.  These differences translate into political opinions.

By choosing which politicians to support, or by indicating their acceptance or not of government policy, people’s moral attitudes are translated into political power.  They empower the politicians who take decisions on their behalf, and they might wish to advocate specific policies on some issues irrespective of the political party that they belong to.  Moral attitudes ultimately drive society’s decisions on many major questions:

There are numerous other aspects of political policy where people’s moral attitudes determine the support they give to the politicians who are entrusted with decision-making.



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