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The Search for Libertarian Morality

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Libertarians constitute a sizable and increasingly influential part of our electorate, yet very little has been written about them in the psychological literature. From the perspective of moral psychology, their views appear anomalous, as they have typically rejected the idea that altruism, a central moral construct, is a legitimate basis on which to form public policy. An analysis of a large sample of self-identified libertarians revealed that among this group, this political position was not born out of the reasoned constraint of moral judgment, but rather out of the absence of moral concern, as measured by a variety of common moral psychology measures. The moral profile of libertarians did not match that of either liberals or conservatives, in that libertarians appear to lack both individual and group-based intuitions about morality. This anomalous pattern of moral opinion appears not to be driven by a concern for the harm caused by violating the autonomy of others, nor by concerns about the proper role of government or by faith in the free market system. Rather, our data is most consistent with the interpretation that many libertarians have a dispositional lack of emotion and a desire to elevate reason over moral and spiritual concerns.This disinterest is potentially related to a demonstrated desire to detach from social and religious connection, a desire that has possibly been transformed from an individual preference to the moralization of liberty.

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Iyer, Ravi., Koleva, Spassena. and Graham, Jesse. "The Search for Libertarian Morality" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p420104_index.html>

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Iyer, R. , Koleva, S. and Graham, J. "The Search for Libertarian Morality" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ISPP 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p420104_index.html

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Abstract: Libertarians constitute a sizable and increasingly influential part of our electorate, yet very little has been written about them in the psychological literature. From the perspective of moral psychology, their views appear anomalous, as they have typically rejected the idea that altruism, a central moral construct, is a legitimate basis on which to form public policy. An analysis of a large sample of self-identified libertarians revealed that among this group, this political position was not born out of the reasoned constraint of moral judgment, but rather out of the absence of moral concern, as measured by a variety of common moral psychology measures. The moral profile of libertarians did not match that of either liberals or conservatives, in that libertarians appear to lack both individual and group-based intuitions about morality. This anomalous pattern of moral opinion appears not to be driven by a concern for the harm caused by violating the autonomy of others, nor by concerns about the proper role of government or by faith in the free market system. Rather, our data is most consistent with the interpretation that many libertarians have a dispositional lack of emotion and a desire to elevate reason over moral and spiritual concerns.This disinterest is potentially related to a demonstrated desire to detach from social and religious connection, a desire that has possibly been transformed from an individual preference to the moralization of liberty.


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