Talk:Political beliefs of academics

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Auburn/George Mason economics departments[edit]

Quotation from article:

Right-leaning people are attracted in greater numbers by the larger salaries to be found in private employment, so fewer enter academia as opposed to right wing think tanks like the Heritage Foundation or right-leaning institutions like Hillsdale College (a sponsor on shows like The Mark Levin Show) or Liberty University, as well as the economics departments of public institutions Auburn University and George Mason University, known for their libertarian leanings.

In short, the bit of interest says "academia as opposed to... the economics departments of public institutions like Auburn and GMU..." which may be (questionably executed) snarkasm, or perhaps just a mistake. I'm not honestly sure which. Anyone care to clear this up?

DISCLOSURE: I happen to be a student at Auburn; however, to my knowledge, I have not yet had any dealings with the econ guys. PacWalker (talk) 02:53, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Go to sleep, (INSERT NEBULOUS SIBLING RIVALRY INSULTS HERE).--Madman (talk) 02:56, 23 March 2015 (UTC)The Madman

Political beliefs and academic research[edit]

The article doesn't discuss whether political beliefs might influence success of securing funding and subsequent publication, chances of career progression etc. Is there any research on this?

Semi-detatched figures[edit]

How does the general population break down? The article doesn't even have an uncited indication of how many liberals there are overall. <3 CSapphire bullets of pure love 18:58, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Just gonna leave this here[edit]

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias" - Stephen Colbert. --PosthumanHeresy (talk) 17:29, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

yeah - let's talk reality[edit]

liberalism is a mental disorder - THAT is reality

"the problem with liberalism is you eventually run out of other people's money"

another problem with liberalism is despots don't care if you love everybody and just want peace— Unsigned, by: Johninlongmont / talk / contribs

A series of 3 thought-terminating cliches. Yes, that's definitely going to convince me of ... something. ikanreed You probably didn't deserve that 15:05, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Effects of education on political ideology[edit]

Duarte, Haidt, 2014, Political diversity will improve...

"There is little evidence that education causes students to become more liberal. Instead, several longitudinal studies following tens of thousands of college students for many years have concluded that political socialization in college occurs primarily as a function of one’s peers, not education per se (Astin, 1993; Dey, 1997). These studies show that students become more liberal if they are around liberal peers, and more conservative if around conservative peers. Even the classic Bennington Study (Newcomb, 1943) concluded that it was conformity to liberal norms, more than education per se, that led students to become more liberal."

--- szopen — Unsigned, by: / talk 19:48, 7 July 2016‎ (UTC)

Excellent point. Not to mention, the absurd claim that liberals are "the most educated ideological demographic in the U.S." has a source from the year 2005! Since then, the site has published additional studies (See: [1]) that show that liberals are not the "most educated" demographic - but I don't expect anything to be removed. Clearly, the main purpose behind this Wiki is to promote liberalism and completely ignore science/rationality. The irony of this site being named "RationalWiki" is astounding. -- (talk) 22:46, 31 October 2016 (UTC)


i have to say that the horseshoe theory that this article pushes is adorably desperate. if you really think marxists are as ideologically axe-grinding, or even in any way close to as dangerous or ignorant as nazis you are on another level of Rational Centrism™

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