Our Political Nature (2013) by Avi Tuschman is hands down one of the best books on the evolution of political “instincts” I have read. Tuschman cites a lot of evidence that our political leanings (left or right) are inborn and can be seen in children as young as three years old.

For instance, at the ages of three and four, the “conservative” preschoolers had been described as “uncomfortable with uncertainty,” as “rigidifying when experiencing duress,” and as “relatively over-controlled.” The girls were “quiet, neat, compliant, fearful and tearful, [and hoped] for help from the adults around.” Likewise, the Blocks pinpointed…

Andreas Hofer

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