Why “smart” people are often liberals

Apparently, viagra sales pharm all the 2008 US Nobel Laureates in Science endorse Obama.

I’m never surprised when “smart” people (which usually means folks in academia) are liberals.

There are plenty of good reasons for this:

  1. Self interest: Most folks like these scientists are employed by universities. All universities are directly or indirectly subsidized by governments. Usually, cialis sale shop what’s good for government is good for the universities and liberalism is good for governments.
  2. A disconnection from harsh realities: There is a reason academia is often referred to as the ivory tower. The practice of tenure, mind and the high salaries paid to most academics persuade them that the world is a kinder, gentler place than it really is. In other words, they can afford to be liberals because the world they live in is somewhat isolated from “real” world pressures. I always thought that Ray put it best in Ghostbusters, “Personally, I liked the university. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of college! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve *worked* in the private sector. They expect *results*. “
  3. Socrates. Academics love Socrates concept of the philosopher-kings. The smartest people should rule for the good of all. Of course, this overlooks the desire of people like me not to be “ruled” at all.

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