Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's not that professors are liberals
Tom Smith

It's that liberals become professors.

I generally think being a liberal is a good thing, except for the incorrect views about politics and morality.  I love university towns and wish I lived in one.  I have lived in two.  One was great and the other sucked, but as a matter of principle, there is a wonderful college town out there and I wish I lived in it.  Old Volvos make practical cars; uncomfortable shoes are stupid; Birkenstocks with nubby socks are very comfy if you can get used to them; I used to smoke a pipe; they're heavenly but make your mouth reek and give you cancer; rooms cluttered with books are inviting; tenure is worth a lot; the life of ideas is rewarding; tolerance is a good thing; a well done graduation ceremony is touching.  The only thing wrong with liberalism is the politics.

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Tom Smith


Birkenstocks are the Mark of the Beast.

But that's for reasons more complicated than comfort.

The most comfortable shoes that I own are actually a pair of French-made wing tip oxfords.

Posted by: Michael Tinkler | Jan 20, 2010 6:19:33 PM

No, it's not that professors are more liberal, nor that liberals become professors. It's that liberalism, by and large, is defined by professors and people like them, or politically allied with them. Sixty years ago, most professors would have been liberal--and their actual political positions on a whole host of issues would have been diametrically opposed to the views of the average liberal professor today on the same issues. But back then, what those profesors believed in was called liberalism, because professors and their like believed in it. And today it's no different.

Posted by: Dan Simon | Jan 20, 2010 9:34:50 PM

... except for the politics and morality.

Yeah, that sums it up quite well. Alas, politics and morality matter.

Posted by: km | Jan 25, 2010 10:38:11 AM