But where's the guarantee that Republican embryo becomes Republican voter? There are three kids in my wingnut family and only one is a chip off the old block, and he's pretty apathetic. The rightwing politics in my family were what turned my brother and me into raving liberals. I think that happens fairly often --- the old preacher's kid syndrome. It's certainly possible that a lot of conservatives come from liberal families as well --- I just haven't come across a lot of them. I do know quite few people who have been influenced by their spouses to change political directions, though.And then Helmut says this:
Me too. Raised in an odd family of scientists and teachers that acted like hippies in my apparently blinkered memory, traveling the world and absorbing all possible experiences, but eventually settling in Texas and becoming members of the hardcore 25% wingers. I'm the only left-leaner in the family.
Nurture, not nature, especially when it comes to questions of value. Nature provides the vessel and particular biological inclinations - how those variables are instantiated is a cultural question. I don't know why people insist on having discussions about normative judgments as genetically encoded. Nature and culture are not so easily distinguishable as a philosophical matter anyway. As a practical, experiential issue, should it matter at all?