Thinking For The Individual

Formerly known as 'Thinking For The People', this site offers some reflections on the state of British society and her people from the perspective of a libertarian Conservative with a passionate belief in the pillars of freedom and responsibility.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Here's A Chuckle For You...

A small piece in The Independent today moved me to write. Apparently, some clever man at some Californian university for clever people has made some clever study which has concluded that the the "whiny, sit-at-the-back-of-the-class kind" of child is more likely to become a typical conservative, whilst "boys and girls who are resilient, smooth and sure of themselves end up liberal".

I'm not quite sure where to start in having a good laugh at this. I could be typically self-effacing and agree that I'm one of those whiny kids who has become a Tory... but even that would be having too much of a laugh.

I could criticise even the simple terms of this study. "The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests," it says, yet we all know that all those people in our society who profess to be liberal aren't exactly non-conformists! "Liberal" has become a code-word for the intolerant elites who think people can't be trusted with their own money, that parents can't be trusted with their child's education, that patients can't be trusted with healthcare, and that only their cosy but disturbingly arrogant worldview is the right one.

And in fact, whilst I think about it, isn't this holier-than-thou attitude of this survey absolutely typical of that cosy yet arrogant worldview of these suave, cool "liberal" people, and their cosy yet arrogant assumptions?

Or I might just - being the typical Tory Boy I probably am, according to these people (although, unlike most liberals, I've never been particularly fazed by words and names) - scoff at the clever, clever people who made this report and get on with having a good life, with not even the slightest of thought to them.

The man behind the study is called Professor Jack Block. Thick as a block, more like!

1 Comments:

At 7:57 am, Blogger Serf said...

"whiny, sit-at-the-back-of-the-class kind" of child is more likely to become a typical conservative, whilst "boys and girls who are resilient, smooth and sure of themselves end up liberal".

I have to say I like the scientific language used.

As someone who has an engineering degree, I am biased, but I have always thought that Conservatives are more likely to study "difficult subjects" like engineering, than their so called clever Liberal counterparts.

 

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