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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
Faculties are Liberal Because They are Smarter

I'm sorry, but that's a load of crap.

First of all, JS Mill was a liberal in the CLASSICAL sense, not in the modern sense. Similarly, when he was discussing conservatives, he did not mean Republicans.

Second, academics are not the only intelligent people out there. I regularly come across people who are as intelligent as many of my professors were. They are in the real world, inventing things, driving businesses, and contributing to society in numerous ways. Academics are the thinkers and dreamers. Academics are not as concerned with producing things. They see the world as they would like it to be, not as it is. This is a large part of why they prefer liberal policies. Business leaders, by contrast, are more pragmatic. They are the doers. They often see government as overly wasteful and bureaucratic and are frustrated by the ineffectiveness of government programs. Many have a keen understanding of economics, especially how it affects the real world and real people. This is a large part of why they prefer conservative policies

Given a choice... I would associate with the latter.

Brian --I've delt with this characterization several times. I remember one particular example where a Liberal friend of mine said that she'd read a study claiming that there was a correlation between the level of intelligence and the likelihood of being Liberal. When I asked her to produce the study, and she did, I read it more closely. What it actually states is that, the more non-trade degrees one attains, the more likely one is to be Liberal. Business degrees, for the purposes of this study, were considered trade degrees, as were legal and medical. So, effectively, the study just proved that Liberals are more likely to be interested in academia, as James explained above. Why watching and explaining is thought to require more intelligence than doing, I can't explain.


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