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Makers and Takers: Why Conservatives Work Harder, Feel Happier, Have Closer Families, Take Fewer Drugs, Give More Generously, Value Honesty More, Are Less Materialistic and Envious, Whine Less...and Even Hug Their Children More Than Liberals

Recorded on June 6, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

For years scholars have constructed - and the media has pushed - elaborate theories designed to demonstrate that conservatives suffer from a host of personality defects and character flaws. According to these supposedly unbiased studies, conservatives are mean-spirited, greedy, selfish malcontents with authoritarian tendencies.

Peter Schweizer, however, has dug deep - through tax documents, scholarly data, primary opinion research surveys, and private records - and discovered that these claims are a myth.  Indeed, he shows that many of these claims actually apply more to liberals than conservatives. Much as he did in his bestseller Do as I Say (Not as I Do), he brings to light never-before-revealed facts that contradict conventional wisdom.

Schweizer argues that the problem lies in modern liberal ideas, which foster a self-centered, "if it feels good do it" attitude that leads liberals to outsource their responsibilities to the government and focus instead on themselves and their own desires.