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Steven Malanga

More and more, I find myself thinking that to a certain extent a person’s views are genetic or inherited. Some of the latest research suggests that people’s political views are in fact inheritable, at least to a certain extent, which may explain some of the gulf.

Certainly, although we inherit certain tendencies in our thinking which are thrown into the mix with our experiences and learning, it’s clear that these tendencies are not absolute because many people whose fundamental ideas about politics and life in general, have changed over time. So it’s clear that the information we take in over the course of our lives can, and does, influence these presuppositions.

So while it’s possible to bridge this gulf to a certain extent, I think that it’s fairly clear that as a species, we humans will never reach a point where we completely agree on how to govern ourselves in a society because it involves some choices made by people based not on what is learned, but, rather, attitudes that are inherited.

Contributing editor of City Journal and Manhattan Institute senior fellow, Steven Malanga