Elections & Politics

Why We Fight: The Psychology Of Political Differences

Mar 2, 2012

Americans, it seems, have never been more polarized about religion and politics. With minds made up and combat-ready, we have a hard time bridging the chasms that divide us.

In The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, explains why. A moral perspective, he argues, is a feature of our evolutionary design. Morality has made it possible for human beings — unlike any other creatures — to forge large, cohesive, cooperative groups. Morality also blinds as it binds, producing conflicts between groups, tribes and countries.

The Indiana Election Commission ruled Friday that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace will not be on the ballot in the primary. 

To be on the primary ballot for governor in Indiana, a candidate must have 500 certified signatures from each congressional district.  Businessman Jim Wallace only had 486 signatures affirmed in Marion County.  But Wallace argued that Marion County’s system was flawed and failed to certify signatures that were valid.  Election Commission chairman Dan Dumezich says Wallace didn’t do enough to prove that.

In "Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It," we invited readers to share their own thoughts on how we might change the founding document for 2011. Now the people have spoken.

IN Gov. Mitch Daniels makes endorsement decision

Nov 29, 2011
courtesy Purdue President's Office

Indiana's governor likely won't be giving public support to any of the Republican candidates for president.

Mitch Daniels says he doesn't plan on making an endorsement before the primaries kick off in five weeks, and indicated he might not make any at all.

He thinks endorsements are overrated, and believes saying who thinks should be the nominee won't have any impact on voters.

Daniels says he is encouraged by statements the GOP field has made recently about spending and entitlement programs.

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