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Saturday, August 30, 2003

Are Conservatives Still the Stupid Party?

According to a leftist writing in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (see via Clayton Cramer), they are. I don't have much to add to Cramer's analysis other than the fact that the Berkeley psychologsts gave up on using traditional IQ tests in their character assassination attempt on conservatives.

On the other hand, we still have to explain why innovative ideas frequently come from the same areas as people who try regulating those same ideas out of existence. I have two and a half theories about that:

  1. Leftists have an attraction to centers of power. They would rather be Rhodes Scholar dropouts than professors at Unknown University. (I came up with this theory when two of the most prominent Republicans were Newt Gingrich and Richard Armey.) That's why they flocked to the Kennedys. (The Kennedys started out excessively far right and have moved left with their advisors.) That's why they went to great lengths to provide the cliches for Hollywood. Hollywood didn't start out on the left. L.B. Mayer was not noted for radicalism. (At the other end of the scale, an extra named Ayn Rand was not exactly a socialist either.) The propaganda abilities of Hollywood attracted the left.
    • They might be trying to fight The Establishment on its own ground. If you move to Manhattan or Silicon Valley, you can shut down capitalism or high technology at the source.
  2. The “brainier” areas not set up very well for raising children. People in those areas are less likely to be married or have children. As a result, they have more free time in which to come up with innovative ideas.


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