20 February 2013

Harvard Professor: "Conservatives Are More Tolerant"

4 comments:

Brother Juniper said...

The conclusion is sound, but I'm not sure about his reasons. Political correctness was invented because liberals know their agenda is indefensible and the best way to further that agenda is to shut down all discussion. We must not learn that the Emperor has no clothes.

Reminds me of an old William F Buckley Jr quote that I copied into my Commonplace Book many many years ago: "Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"Political correctness was invented because liberals know their agenda is indefensible and the best way to further that agenda is to shut down all discussion."

I would tend to agree, though there's the "victimhood" and "let's not offend" aspect as well. The elites know what they're doing, the useful idiots jump on the bandwagon. PC has simply replaced common sense, good manners, and politeness - the latter being based in old fashion values, the former in politics and control.

ropelight said...

Harvey Mansfield openly proclaims that an understanding of the motivations behind modern political maneuvering can only be informed by the historical study of the evolution of political philosophy:

"No one can count himself educated who does not have some acquaintance with this tradition. It informs you of the leading possibilities of human life, and by giving you a sense of what has been tried and what is now dominant, it tells you where we are now in a depth not available from any other source."

The shallow observations of modern political science, at odds with or willfully adrift from historical moorings, lack substance and are devoid of lasting significance, they are useful largely as a means of manipulating low information voters and providing TV talking heads with highfalutin props for Leftist propaganda performances.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Excellent points Rope!

"they are useful largely as a means of manipulating low information voters"

And "Low Information Bloggers" as well.

Remember, I coined the "Low Information Blogger" moniker here first. ;-)