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Why professors are liberal: They're intelligent
San Diego Union ^ | December 3, 2004 | Various

Posted on 12/03/2004 12:55:13 PM PST by Ramonan

In his column, "Campuses remain Democratic havens," George Will certainly tries hard to explain why faculty members at our prominent universities are overwhelmingly liberal. But as is often the case with Will, he fails to mention the obvious. These people are liberal because they are intelligent, thoughtful and well-educated. They know something of labor and social history and realize that for most people a return to conditions of the early 20th century would not be in their interest. Finally, they are unpersuaded by slogans like "compassionate conservative" and "ownership society," which are primarily a cover for the transfer of society's wealth into the pockets of the rich.

THOMAS ALDEN Borrego Springs

Demonstrating once again that you can be articulate, educated, powerful and connected yet still have no clue to what is actually going on, Will bemoans the lack of "conservative" thought on college campuses. The first thing that comes to my mind is thank God. If most professors' ideological rudders represented those of the current Republican Party, institutions of higher learning would be teaching creationism as the explanation of man's existence on Earth, ignoring more than a century of anthropological discoveries because they conflicted with biblical teachings. Government studies would renounce labor unions as pseudocommunist fronts, since businesses always do what is best for workers. Law schools would concern themselves primarily with property law, since only owners of property have rights.

CLIFF HANNA San Diego

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These are "letters to the editor" by san Diego County residents. This is a demonstration of what has infiltrated into San Diego, and why these people will not get another Liberal elected.
1 posted on 12/03/2004 12:55:13 PM PST by Ramonan
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To: Ramonan

Those who can't, teach.


2 posted on 12/03/2004 12:56:21 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Democrat Obstructionists will be Daschled!)
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To: Ramonan
One of the biggest errors in conventional wisdom is to think academics are particularly intelligent.

Especially in liberal arts, where the most extremism is found.

3 posted on 12/03/2004 12:57:29 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: Ramonan
Those that can - do
Those that cant - teach

and
those that can neither do nor teach become newspaper reporters.
4 posted on 12/03/2004 12:58:07 PM PST by taxcontrol (People are entitled to their opinion - no matter how wrong it is.)
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To: Ramonan
They have become so dam* predictable now, you are probably right.

Cookie cutter thinking and reactionism are the rule of the day for these idiots.

5 posted on 12/03/2004 12:58:54 PM PST by 101st-Eagle
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To: Brad Cloven
"Those who can't, teach."

Ah, ya beat me to it!

"And those can... become Republicans!"

6 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:03 PM PST by Redbob
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To: Ramonan

As a Mensan, I reiterate what better folk that me have previously observed: some extremely intelligent, highly accomplished people in this world are complete morons outside of their very specific fields of endeavor.

In fact, their pursuit of excellence in a limited field actually may contribute to a myopic view of the world. Liberal professors may be the best example of this phenomena.


7 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:14 PM PST by Mudcat
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To: Ramonan

The mistake these people make is to state that this professors are intelligent. They're not. If they were intelligent they would be out in the world applying they're knowledge and making a lot of money. The old saying holds true. Those that can... Do. Those that can't... Teach. So the whole idea that professors are intelligent is fiction.


8 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:19 PM PST by go star go
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To: Brad Cloven
Those in the teaching profession live off the lamb, spelled socialist government.

They need to be reminded constantly, "a socialist train cannot sustain itself without a capitalist engine".
9 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:36 PM PST by fritzz (Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers)
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To: Ramonan
They know something of labor and social history and realize that for most people a return to conditions of the early 20th century would not be in their interest.

Hollyweirdos know nothing of labor and nothing of social history... and are just as, if not more, liberal that College professors.

10 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:41 PM PST by C210N
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To: Ramonan
These people are liberal because they are intelligent, thoughtful and well-educated.

"This woman is a runway fashion supermodel because she's a dwarf, morbidly obese, and born with only half a head." :)

11 posted on 12/03/2004 12:59:45 PM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (I feel more and more like a revolted Charlton Heston, witnessing ape society for the very first time)
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To: Ramonan

Liberals are intelligent.  You'd have to have a pretty agile mind to do all the mental gymnastics to keep together a belief system that is so obviously and deeply flawed.  Breath taking machinations in logic aren't for the normal intellect.

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”


12 posted on 12/03/2004 1:00:33 PM PST by South Hawthorne (Zell Miller- No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.)
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To: Ramonan; Admin Moderator

You should amend the title to add (Barf Alert) or (Hurl Alert) or some other warning label.


13 posted on 12/03/2004 1:00:47 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Now EX-Democrat)
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To: Ramonan

Or maybe it's just because they don't have to work for a living.


14 posted on 12/03/2004 1:01:11 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Ramonan
If most professors' ideological rudders represented those of the current Republican Party

I don't think anyone really wants "most professors" to be Republicans.
Why does this person think it's OK for "most professors" to be liberals.

What's wrong with a balance, for crying out loud?

15 posted on 12/03/2004 1:01:30 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: tallhappy

I used to laugh regularly at the majority of the drivel my liberal arts professors were espousing as practically law.


16 posted on 12/03/2004 1:01:34 PM PST by 101st-Eagle
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To: Brad Cloven

Those who can't teach, teach P.E.


17 posted on 12/03/2004 1:02:35 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Ramonan
Being learned equates to being clever.......not being wise.

In my life I've met far more people who are not clever but are wise, than who are clever and wise.

 

18 posted on 12/03/2004 1:02:58 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (I know a greag deal about the Middle East because Ive been raising Arabian horses" Patrick Swazey)
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To: tallhappy

>>One of the biggest errors in conventional wisdom is to think academics are particularly intelligent. <<

Another is to think that education and intelligence are synonymous.

Thre really IS such a thing as an educated idiot.


19 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:03 PM PST by RobRoy (Science is about "how." Christianity is about "why.")
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To: Ramonan

Leftist Prof. are theorist and are devoid of any reality outside their campus, circle friends (Who think like them) etc...

Socialism is the ultimate theory to "play" with plus it feeds their ivory tower ego. Just get your grade and move on past those "open minded" (So open their brains fall out) and brainwashed fools.


20 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:22 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Ramonan
He's right, liberals are intelligent.

They just can't learn anything!

21 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:42 PM PST by evad (DUmmie FUnnies and Pookie Toons-the start of a nice day)
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To: Ramonan
they are intelligent, thoughtful and well-educated government employees that vote as their unions tell them to vote

they are intelligent, thoughtful and well-educated people who cast their votes for a man lacking any discernable principles

22 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:43 PM PST by siunevada
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To: tallhappy

Survey's show that those who go into education in general aren't as intelligent as those who go into pretty much any other profession -- health, business, engineering, law.


23 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:48 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Ramonan

Remember, most liberal "intellectuals" are simply educated beyond their intelligence.


24 posted on 12/03/2004 1:03:49 PM PST by petercooper (Remember, most liberal "intellectuals" are simply educated beyond their intelligence.)
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To: Ramonan

Just keep thinking that way...PLEASE! The rest of us unwashed, uneducated, conservatives will keep running our "stupid" candidates and keep winning.

So...who is intellegent now?


25 posted on 12/03/2004 1:04:14 PM PST by Mikey_1962
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To: Ramonan

Those who can...do, those who can't...teach.


26 posted on 12/03/2004 1:04:43 PM PST by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Brad Cloven
Have you ever considered the possibility that since many "intellectuals" do not believe in God that they set themselves up as the supreme authority. I suspect that the reason why most non-believers are liberal is conservatives most often believe in a supreme being.
27 posted on 12/03/2004 1:05:06 PM PST by watchdog_writer (God blessed America for the next FOUR YEARS!)
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To: Ramonan
THOMAS ALDEN Borrego Springs

OUCH! That liberal is living out in redneck country.

28 posted on 12/03/2004 1:05:24 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (Santorum 2008)
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To: Ramonan
You're intelligent which is why you support every murdering dictator in the world who claims to be for the good things and against the bad! I think I get it now!

(It's easy to argue like this letter writer using generalities and lofty ideals. Once you get into the nitty gritty, mention their heroes by name and their deeds, for example, or their successes like the War on Poverty, all their clever arguments kinda collapse.)

29 posted on 12/03/2004 1:05:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: Brad Cloven
"Those who can't, teach"

Careful there... I taught for 7 years until they finally starved me out. Thats a pretty broad brush you paint with.

30 posted on 12/03/2004 1:06:41 PM PST by SCALEMAN (Super Cards Fan)
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To: Ramonan

Faculty in universities are overwhelmingly liberal because the university campus is a cacoon where faculty are largely sheltered from the demands and realities of the world as it is and operates. I believe that being a "liberal" has nothing to do with intelligence, and has everything to do with the worldview one has. The kind of worldview that develops inside the cacoon of academia is contrary to the way the world actually is, and actually works. University professors may be highly intelligent, but many of them are also highly deluded, and highly foolish.


31 posted on 12/03/2004 1:07:44 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Ramonan

What an idiot. The reason Liberals end up as professors is not because they are intelligent but because they go to school so long they naturally meld into academia. I would love to see how many liberal-arts types are political liberals as opposed to other disciplines (medical, business, engineering) types. I think there might be a difference.

And just because one has a Ph.D. does not necessarily equate to being "intelligent." I took a comparative religion class where the professor marked me down on an essay because he said that "transpired" (a word I had used) does not mean "happened/occurred." Huh?


32 posted on 12/03/2004 1:08:04 PM PST by DennisR (Look around - there are countless unmistakable hints that God exists)
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To: Ramonan

Please include a Barf alert next time.


33 posted on 12/03/2004 1:08:08 PM PST by shubi (Peace through superior firepower.)
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To: Ramonan
Those intelligent liberal jackasses found a place they could light and if there long enough, have a guarantee job and place to promote their garbage.
34 posted on 12/03/2004 1:08:08 PM PST by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: C210N

Most of the ultra lefties in Hollywood never went to college.


35 posted on 12/03/2004 1:08:27 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Ramonan
What unmitigated bullsh*t. When you look at the high schools in the "Red Counties," the ones that went to Bush, you see some interesting results. The schools have higher SAT scores, more students graduating, more going to college, less dropping out, and less going to prison, than the "Blue Counties."

By and large the Bush County populations are smarter, better, more law-abiding, than the Kerry County populations. That general rule reverses among those who have advanced degrees on college campuses.

It is just another example that people can be "too educated for their own good." It means that sometimes book learning drives out common sense, and the possessors of advanced degrees wind up being dumb as a hoe handle in the real world. (Having spent 22 years and counting in education, I have met many of the breed, and barely escaped that fate myself.)

Congressman Billybob

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36 posted on 12/03/2004 1:08:57 PM PST by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: SCALEMAN

Also there are really are certain fields that don't have a very large sustainable marketplace. A literary critic can do valuable research on 17th century English poetry but without the patronage of the Academe there is not enough demand for such research to make a living.


37 posted on 12/03/2004 1:09:01 PM PST by Borges
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To: Brilliant
Or maybe it's just because they don't have to work for a living.

And have three months off during the summer, and frequent "sabbaticals."

38 posted on 12/03/2004 1:09:43 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: tallhappy
Some birkenstockers are indeed smart, in the sense that they can learn new words, write prose, even create poetry. This I don't deny. But anyone who believes that public policy should be directed by self-congratulations is as deficient in critical thinking skills as the toothless hillbilly sleeping with the hound dog. Worse, these balding ghouls with greasy ponytails often teach the young, who in turn...Savage says that birkenstockism is a mental disease; it is more of a transposed religion, a sort of false god that answers the hunger humans have for contact with the inexplicable.
39 posted on 12/03/2004 1:09:54 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: Ramonan

The most educated people I ever met needed help doing daily tasks. I had to design some trusses for a Civil Engineer that had a masters degree. I showed a Physics professor how a question on a test worked abut a bicycle. A lot of reading and tests does not have anything to do with common sense.


40 posted on 12/03/2004 1:10:04 PM PST by mountainlyons (alienated vet)
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To: Ramonan
My experience has shown me that professors are liberal because they are angry that they chose a low-paying profession, they are jealous of their peers who have entered the more lucrative corporate world, and they are bewildered about why they aren't paid six figure salaries. Thus, they embrace socialism and the Marxist idea of confiscatory taxes/income redistribution. It has nothing to do with intelligence; it has everything to do with stupidity and ignorance of history.
41 posted on 12/03/2004 1:10:18 PM PST by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: SCALEMAN
"Careful there... I taught"

Proving the case....

42 posted on 12/03/2004 1:10:24 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Democrat Obstructionists will be Daschled!)
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To: Congressman Billybob
By and large the Bush County populations are smarter, better, more law-abiding, than the Kerry County populations.

And more productive.

43 posted on 12/03/2004 1:10:32 PM PST by My2Cents ("Well...there you go again.")
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To: Ramonan
"the transfer of society's wealth"

Society's wealth?!! Tell society to get a real job.

44 posted on 12/03/2004 1:10:45 PM PST by laotzu
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To: Ramonan
a. Yes, they are smart, but they lack common sense.

b. They are social misfits, working in the culturally incestuous world of academia.

c. Because they are shallow, being 'intelligent' is all they can talk about.
45 posted on 12/03/2004 1:11:04 PM PST by najida (Aunt to The Cutest Baby Girl in the World! (Come on and name her already Bro!))
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To: Ramonan
Why professors are liberal: They're parasites
46 posted on 12/03/2004 1:11:08 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: My2Cents
Those who can't teach, teach P.E.

(I've also heard)

Those who can't teach, teach teachers.

47 posted on 12/03/2004 1:11:56 PM PST by freedomlover
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To: Ramonan

LOL.....because they can't get real jobs!!!


48 posted on 12/03/2004 1:12:16 PM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: Mudcat
Liberal professors may be the best example of this phenomena.

Actually, liberal professors seem to gravitate to fields where it's very difficult to demonstrate that they are incompetents.

When a Civil Engineer screws up, a bridge falls down.

49 posted on 12/03/2004 1:12:20 PM PST by jdege
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To: My2Cents
I taught for a semester at a 'left coast liberal arts' university. I could probably still be teaching Computer Science there. What soured me was a department dean's daughter was in my class who NEVER showed up for class, NEVER turned in coursework, and NEVER took a test. I gave the young woman a F for the course. Someone in the Registrar's office showed me the offical grades listed in the computer. The F had been corrected by her dad to an A. Needless to say the young lady graduated with honors and a 4.0 GPA.

Now when I hear someone graduated with a 4.0 or honors, I wonder what their daddy did for a living.

50 posted on 12/03/2004 1:12:53 PM PST by pikachu (The REAL script)
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