Thomas Sowell had a great article this week on unexamined academic assumptions. It really spoke to me. The reason I have a BS in Math and MS in Statistics is because I wouldn't buy into the liberal mindset in Economics class. I avoided soft subjects, like History, because I would not use Hegel's Dialectic to analyze historical events. Also, when I was in college during the Viet Nam War, professors taught war was by definition futile. I thought the professors were nuts to think that "war never solved anything." It sure solved Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, not to mention
problems. I read history for fun now, but knowing too much makes me
uncomfortable listening to people who believe the government is more efficient
than private enterprise in running things like health care. If I object
that historically governments are usually very bad at running almost
everything, the resulting argument provides a lot more heat than light.
Leftism in higher education is at least partially the result of draft
deferments granted to the baby boomers who stayed in college to avoid Carthage .
I find the liberals who look down on my education generally have never
had any of their assumptions questioned. They think everybody knows
liberals are the good guys, and folks like me are ignorant rednecks. This
attitude does not make for informed dialogue. So I think Dr. Sowell's
article matches my general experience with average "liberally"
educated citizens. Viet Nam