Skip to comments.Why professors are liberal: They're intelligent
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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They just can't learn anything!
they are intelligent, thoughtful and well-educated people who cast their votes for a man lacking any discernable principles
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.
Remember, most liberal "intellectuals" are simply educated beyond their intelligence.
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?
Those who can...do, those who can't...teach.
OUCH! That liberal is living out in redneck country.
(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.)
Careful there... I taught for 7 years until they finally starved me out. Thats a pretty broad brush you paint with.
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.
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?
Please include a Barf alert next time.
Most of the ultra lefties in Hollywood never went to college.
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.)
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.
And have three months off during the summer, and frequent "sabbaticals."
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.