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April 04, 2006

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I don't think disliking public schools is so much about hanging with other poor kids as a matter of the teachers themselves having a blue collar background with a degree in "education" rather than a subject area.

The good private schools that I know try to hire instructors from local universities. They do cater to the market forces of those able to afford private tuition.

The idea that cities are bastions of liberality and rural areas are conservatives goes back to the time of Plato.

HS's post does not appears to say that liberals = democrats, conservative = republicans. But I suspect most people would assume that to be true. In that case, one would assume that that new immigrants who is known to have higher birth rates and tend to vote for democrats is directly contributing to the growth of their rank.


What HS has failed to discuss in all his post is that the middle class is steadily shrinking in this country due to globalization. Chances are, the people who used to vote republican will find themselves unable to "afford" to not vote democratic in order to get "free" social programs. I think HS is wrong to say that republican is likely to retain its majority in congress post 2008.

Any prediction that one part or another will win an election in 2012 should be taken very skeptically. Who knows what events will happen between now and then to change our perceptions.

However, the social classes that the parties represent will surely change. We see this with George Bush who appeals more to the poor religious white people than to the intellectual and economic elite.

"one's political disposition is somewhat genetic"

This may be, but it seems that people with a tendency to be more extreme could attach that extremism to the left or the right.

Also, liberals, in a way are no longer liberals. Liberals used to support change, but now they favor the status quo. So if you had a genetic disposition to want to change things politically - you could actually be a conservative in today's world.

I believe that "leftism" is a trait strungly influenced by genetics, but how that manifests in actual political beliefs depends on the times.

Leftists undoubtedly were Republicans in the election of 1860.

Today, the Democratic party is an alliance of leftists and special interests who believe that the Democratic party gives them better handouts. Immigrants are Democrats for the latter reason.

The same can be said about the republican party. There are no real republicans in it anymore. They don't believe in free market anymore than the democrats. Corporations, the wealthy, and special interest group tend to back them because of better handouts. Just look at farms subsidies, tax cuts, various business "incentives" programs, tariffs protection for certain industries, etc.

As previously mentioned by various commentators in this blog, politicans in both parties are merely reactive to people's wishes. If there was no market for handouts, the politicians would not offer it in exchange for votes.

Nobody,

You say: "The same can be said about the republican party. There are no real republicans in it anymore. They don't believe in free market anymore than the democrats. Corporations, the wealthy, and special interest group tend to back them because of better handouts."

Actually, there are plenty of people who vote Republican, and who still believe in the free market and oppose handouts to the corporations and wealthy. I am one of them, and I bet you are too. The challenge is getting the elites in power to believe in this approach.

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