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Do Profs Succeed at Indoctrinating Their Students?


Over at Volokh Conspiracy, David Bernstein responds to a New York Times assertion of “no,” and offers this hilarious anecdote:

Senior year of college, I took a political economy class from a very left-wing, but very fair-minded, Sociology professor. One of the books he assigned was David Stockman’s The Triumph of Politics. Stockman was a libertarian Republican who served as Reagan’s first budget director. At the beginning of the book, he provided a concise summary of why he thought limited government was beneficial to the American people. When the class discussed the book, one of my fellow seniors exclaimed, “This was very interesting to me! He seems like a good guy. … I didn’t know that any conservatives actually cared about people!”


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