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This edition: How Do Conservatives and Liberals See the World?

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 13, 2012.

First aired: February 13, 2012.

There's more than meets the eye. Our country is more politically polarized than ever. Is it possible to agree to disagree and still move on to solve our massive problems? Or are the blind leading the blind -- over the cliff? This week on Moyers & Company, Bill and moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt talk about the psychological underpinnings of our contentious culture, why we can’t trust our own opinions, and the demonizing of our adversaries.

“When it gets so that your opponents are not just people you disagree with, but… the mental state in which I am fighting for good, and you are fighting for evil, it's very difficult to compromise,” Haidt tells Moyers. “Compromise becomes a dirty word.”

Also, a Bill Moyers essay on why Newt Gingrich might be afraid of Saul Alinsky.

Guest List

Jonathan Haidt Moral Psychologist

Bill Moyers Broadcast Journalist, Host of Moyers & Company

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