Bryan Caplan recently posted the following: A while back, Scott Alexander defended what he called the "Thrive/Survive Theory" of left and right. Digest version: My hypothesis is that rightism is what happens when you're optimizing for surviving an unsafe environment, leftism is what happens when you're optimized for thriving in a safe environment. Scott defends the theory vigorously, but seems most impressed by its ability to explain why "society does seem to be drifting gradually leftward." The more the world thrives, the more the leftist approach genuinely makes sense. Many people in my circles now seem to take Thrive/Survive Theory as the default position; if it's not true, it's still the story to
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