My Dialogue with A Political Science Professor

About a week and a half ago I was at a friend’s wedding in Burbank California. This friend, and his family, have known me for almost ten years now. They know that I am very interested in politics and that I have strong opinions on the subject. Because of this, as soon as the celebrations started, I was informed by a couple of the family members that one of the guests at the wedding was a Political Science Professor and thought that we could probably have a good conversation on the topic. What resulted was a confirmation of the stereotype I have of “elite” liberals. The high level liberals that I believe run the Democrat Party. These characteristics are,

  1. Very weak understanding of basic Economics
  2. When I asked her what capitalism was she replied, “Greed”. When I asked her what the main objective of the study of Economics was, she had no idea. She would say stuff like, “Greed”, “Power”, or even “To Make Money”. Not once did she mention “the study of the allocation of scarce resources for competing ends” or anything close to it. Something one learns in a basic Economics class. She had no idea how incentives and “greed” work to make an economy efficient. When I mentioned that it was precisely these types of capitalist Economies that result in the best living standards for poor people, she had no answer as to why. I brought up two issues that are universally supported by all economists on both sides of the aisle. Their support for free trade and their belief that price controls are bad Economics. She was on the wrong side of both. When it came to price controls, she supported a “living wage”. Something that would condemn the people it was designed to help the most, the poor and uneducated. She had no understanding as to why this would produce such results.

  3. A belief that Karl Marx never got a fair shot – communism was never real communism
  4. She believes that communism, as taught by Karl Marx, was never truly implemented in the communist forms we’ve witnessed. She believes that there ought to be another shot given to what Karl Marx taught. A sort of democratic communism. The fact that communism was the biggest killer of innocent people in the twentieth century, more so than Hitler himself, did not change her opinion. She still thought the true form deserved another chance.

    This liberal belief could only survive in the mind of someone who has a weak understanding of Economics. A basic Economics course would demolish any hope of any form of communism being successful.

  5. A very weak understanding of the reasons behind conservative thought
  6. She had no idea why I generally sided with the conservative side. When I mentioned how capitalism has been shown repeatedly to be the greatest economic system for the poor, and that conservatives are more capitalist than liberals, she didn’t know what to respond. She kept arguing that the poor people in the United States are doing bad. I said they may be doing bad, but compared to what. Compared to the rest of the world they are doing the best. Especially if you compare poor to poor. I also mentioned that I grew up in Compton California, arguably the poorest area in the United States, and that I know what its like to be poor.

    Then I asked her where she gets her information on what a conservative thinks, and why. Her response was that she sees both sides because she teaches college kids fresh out of high school, in a generally conservative neighborhood. No mention of any famous conservative books. She had no idea who Chamber was, and had never heard of his biography, Witness. She had no idea who Kirk was and hadn’t heard of his masterpiece, The Conservative Mind. She could not mention one book on conservatism thought that was written from the pro-conservative side. Apparently to her, a recent high school grad is about as high intellectually as conservatism can get. When I asked her why she never read these books while attending college, she argued that they must have sucked. I replied that even if they do suck, one should still read both sides of the issue to be fair, especially if you want to teach on the subject.

  7. A strong dislike of religion – especially Christianity and organized religion
  8. When the topic turned to religion she immediately notified me of her dislike of any type of organized religion. But went on to justify this by her belief in “spirituality”. Which usually implies some form of belief that contains a strong condemnation of absolute morality, or any type of objective moral order in the universe.

  9. A strong belief in moral relativism
  10. She had absolutely no problem with the apparent contradiction of supporting abortion while denying capital punishment. When I pressed her on abortion, even abortion at nine months, she still held strong to her views that abortion should be legal.

The above basic liberal beliefs explain why liberals arrive at certain conclusions. This is why liberals have a soft spot for communist countries like Cuba, and during the cold war, Russia. Even though those countries have it much worse than the capitalist countries liberals despise. It is also why liberals are usually against imperialism by the west, while turning a blind eye to imperialism by communist countries. Imperialism by the West usually always spreads capitalism and Christianity. It’s why liberals generally fall on the anti-American side, since America is the most capitalist country in the world, and still considered a very Christian nation. This also explains why the liberal solution to most problems involves government programs. With their love for Karl Marx, they see nothing wrong with central planning. This also explains why most atheists consider themselves liberal. It also sheds light on why liberals have a high regard for cultural relativism. This is also why liberals push for homosexual marriage, abortion and the removal of anything Christian from government and the public sector. This is why liberals fight against school Vouchers going to private schools. They realize that doing this would further purge Christianity from the American culture.

I have debated on various forums, dealing with a variety of topics, and in doing so I have come across several liberals. I can attest to the fact that every liberal I met, especially the liberal elites, all fall within the above pattern. It’s important to note that when I say liberal, I don’t mean the uneducated minority who don’t know any better and parrot the liberal arguments; I am referring to the liberal elites. These are the ones that almost exclusively run the social science departments, and the students those departments produce.

Like all stereotypes, there is a possibility that I am under sampling. But I have yet to meet one liberal who does not fit the above description.

4 Responses to “My Dialogue with A Political Science Professor”

  1. […] ed economic principles. They all deal with basic economics. This is why capitalism, to the non-economists, could be so difficult to understand. It goes against ones intuitions. Yet it has proven […]

  2. Tavares says:

    Some of the things I notice with liberals is that they can not answer questions directly. Instead of giving a yes or no, they have to give an explaination and never answer the intended question.

  3. True_Liberal says:

    A further distinguishing feature of those who like to call themselves “liberal” is that they are often il-liberal or intolerant of others’ opinions, and frequently isolated from real-world influences.

    I’ve decided the distionary’s “Liberal” entry fits me and my conservative values better than it applies to the leftists who like to appropriate the good name of Liberal.

  4. […] advanced economic principles. They all deal with basic economics. This is why capitalism, to the non-economists, could be so difficult to understand. It goes against ones intuitions. Yet it has proven to be, […]

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