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Thursday, February 12, 2004
This nonsense from Robert Brandon, of the philosophy department at Duke,
"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."has been floating about for a couple of days, but no one seems to have pointed out the egregious error in a field where this guy should have some professional competence.
The quote is,
Stupid people are generally conservativenot
Conservative people are generally stupid.The chair of the philosphy department, and he can't figure out how a logical premiss works or construct a legitimate syllogism? Jeez Louise.
Update: From Blogfonte, the last word:
The truth is, Mills is right, the quote is right, the conceit is well-founded.Didn't expect that flash of light at the end, did you?
posted by Kelly | 2:18 PM link