School days, school days. A recent analysis of voter registration records at Duke University revealed that approximately 80% of the faculty members in the eight humanities departments are Democrats, while fewer than five percent are Republicans.
Why is that?
“We try to hire the best, smartest people available,” [philosophy department chair Robert] Brandon said of his philosophy hires. “If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire.
“Mill’s analysis may go some way towards explaining the power of the Republican party in our society and the relative scarcity of Republicans in academia. Players in the NBA tend to be taller than average. There is a good reason for this. Members of academia tend to be a bit smarter than average. There is a good reason for this too.”
Absolutely. My father’s analysis may go some way towards explaining the power of self-important pseudo-intellectuals in college philosophy departments. He said, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.”