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Political leanings can't be reduced to genetic programming

Increasingly, the intellectual consensus seems to be that our political leanings are hardwired in our genes. There is some excellent research behind this thinking, and I've come around to believing that DNA plays a bigger role in our political worldviews than many on the right or left are willing to accept.

But we also shouldn't get carried away. We're more than our genes, and we shouldn't reduce our political orientations to the sort of essentialism that has taken over identity politics.

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