Circle Rothbard-San Francisco member Mark Addleman sent along to the group a video clip of an appearance by Jonathan Haidt at the Cato Institute.
A few comments on the talk:
Perhaps because he was limited by time Haidt provided only the conclusions of his surveys and not the questions themselves. I don't believe you can form a complete opinion of Haidt's conclusions without knowing the questions asked.
Second, Haidt seems to suggest some very strong cause and effect correlations from the results of his surveys. I am not so certain the correlations necessarily fit.
For example, Haidt seems to imply that those who like to debate are more likely to become libertarians. But the cause and effect might be the opposite. If someone becomes a libertarian, they may then become more willing to debate because they are confident in their positions and have logical responses.
There are many lefties who don't debate us. Is it because they know we will out logic them, rather than their general fear of debate?
And libertarians may like to debate because with our logic we can win debates, rather than we become libertarians because we like to debate.
Haidt raises some interesting points in his talk but more definitive conclusions on his points require digging much deeper.