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From an article in the New York Times reporting the stunning fact that Republicans are “outnumbered in academia” (who knew?):

One theory for the scarcity of Republican professors is that conservatives are simply not that interested in academic careers. A Democrat on the Berkeley faculty, George P. Lakoff, who teaches linguistics and is the author of “Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think,” said that liberals choose academic fields that fit their world views. “Unlike conservatives,” he said, “they believe in working for the public good and social justice, as well as knowledge and art for their own sake, which are what the humanities and social sciences are about.”

Somewhere, deep in the shallow, shallow mind of George P. Lakoff, ignorance and pomposity are fighting for control of his ideas. It remains unclear which will win.


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