According to system justification theory, people are motivated to justify and defend the status quo, that is the prevailing social, economic, and political systems (Jost & Banaji, 1994). In the real world, one’s system justifying tendencies can be in conflict with his/her moral orientation when making judgments on issues such as targeted killings using unmanned drones. In a series of studies, we investigate the interplay between people’s moral orientations and their system justifying tendencies when faced with real-world moral dilemma of targeted drone killings. We also introduce a moral intervention that reduces the effect of system justification on these real-world moral judgments.
Weakening the Effect of System Justification on Support for Drone Attacks: A Moral Intervention