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Sunday April 23, 2017 
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Why are "College Educated" Whites So Liberal?

IF you read the reports on the recent special House elections in Kansas and Georgia, you know you are supposed to believe that Republicans have a real problem with college-educated white voters.

Or if you read about the fall of Bill O'Reilly at FoxNews you learn that his audience was the spawn of FDR, folks that grew up in the 1950s conservative culture in the warm afterglow of the New Deal. Whereas the new generation of "young, cosmopolitan right-wingers" finds O'Reilly rather embarrassing.

Now, according to my reductive Three Peoples theory this all makes sense. Today's Republican Party appeals to the middle, the People of the Responsible Self in between the elite, educated People of the Creative Self, and the subordinate workers and peasants of the People of the Subordinate Self.

But still, as a college-educated voter, I have a bit of a problem believing that my fellow college-educated Americans are that wedded to the Democratic Party. I mean, aren't we educated folks supposed to see behind the conceits of sauntering politicians and bureaucrats of the administrative, regulatory state? Doesn't "creativity" mean the belief in a life of trying and failing, accepting a risk proposition rather than the dull certainties of a salaried, benefited life?

Maybe I think that way because I am not that interested in power. But think about things from the point of view of a youngster on the cusp of college and work. You hesitate about launching into the rough-and-tumble of a business career, and you don't fancy a degree in the making and doing majors, the technology degrees. But if you choose a major in the pure sciences or the humanities you find that your career options are much better if there is a big administrative state that requires trained bureaucrats to opine and judge the actions of the workaday world. Regulatory bureaucracies require lots of economists to evaluate the effects of government policy. And environmentalism has been a godsend to the job prospects of pure sciences like geology, botany, and zoology.

Then there are educated women. It has been observed by Steve Sailer that women used to be much more interested in IT back in the 1950s when Grace Hopper was developing COBOL.

Her COBOL was notoriously verbose, the Chatty Cathy of programming languages, but it got an awful lot of work done. Not surprisingly, lots of women were COBOL programmers. (My wife was one for awhile.)
I'll say! So why aren't women interesting in tech careers any more?
[One] reason women have gotten squeezed out of programming is that government policy has responded to billionaires' demands that computer programming no longer be a middle class career appealing to American women. Instead, it should be a two-tier business with brilliant male programmers making death or glory bids to gain riches in Silicon Valley, while in the lower tier, American women are replaced by South Asian men via the H-1B visa. 
Or rather, that men are fighters and women are lovers, and men are more attracted to the forced march over rough terrain of the high-tech startup.

Then, when we remember that women are now 55-60 percent of college student bodies, we can understand that in the educated elite there is a much higher proportion of people that want a "middle-class career" with lots of jobs for Chatty Cathys that are eager to share and discuss with other Chatty Cathys over coffee that "I can't believe she said that."

In the late election, the trump card for Democrats was the Trump "pussy" conversation revealed as their usual October Surprise. The fact is that middle-class women in America are not to be soiled with locker-room talk, and will take strong action to put a stop to it. Trump's revelations that middle-class women are not above having their pussies patted by powerful alpha-males was not to be endured. What, modern educated women acting like hypergaming working-class secretaries flapping their eyes at their bosses? Not to be endured!

Of course, all political trends in America are presented as the death-knell for Republicans, so it is hard to get a sensible view of things. No doubt educated voters are trending Democratic. But all of a sudden white working class Americans are trending Republican. And what about working-class blacks and Hispanics? How long are they going to voting for a Democratic Party that keeps them in the back of the bus?

It really does make a lot of sense that many college-educated voters would trend Democratic. There are tons of jobs in and around government that require moderately educated workers.

It's a pity, though that the settled science says that big government is death to a free and prosperous society. So I dare say that down the road we will be speaking of educated Americans dying of despair when the administrative state runs out of money.

But how does that explain an educated American like me? Why don't I have a #WeBelieve yard sign out front of my house waving in the liberal Seattle breeze?

Perfectly simple. I didn't get my education at college. I am an "autodidact." Which is Greek for self-educated. I went to university to get an engineering degree and only started my education after leaving school. The result is that I missed getting the proper indoctrination in ruling-class-approved ideas and narratives. The only time I've been back to school in the last 50 years is to take a class each in Aristotle, Plato, Hume, and Kant. That's because I felt I needed to get the official line on each of those philosophers, as a kind of intellectual ballast. As I have written, of the three teachers for those classes, one was a pompous ass, one was a horse's ass, and one was the best teacher I have ever had in my life.

Meanwhile, every educated person should know that civilizations mostly fail because they run out of money; they spend so much on rewarding their supporters that there is nothing left to put food on the table and defend the borders on the Champs Elysées.

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How Little Darlings Get "Hurled" to Cultural Perdition

SO here we are in a week that the great white hope of progressives, Jon Ossoff, failed to pick up a GOP seat in Georgia by the cunning trick of being about the only Democrat facing a slew of ambitious Republicans in a "jungle primary" which means that if you get 50% of the vote you win the election without going to a general. Only he cam in a couple of percentage point short. So that's all ...

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The Only Privilege In America is Liberal Privilege

THE Lady Marjorie and I were out for a walk yesterday and ran into a former neighbor who now lives in one of those gi-normous block houses, very often with Hardie board siding, and with flat or shed roofs. He was delighted as how his roof-top solar panels meant that electricity didn't cost him anything. A little later he drove past in his Prius. Yes, liberals. I understand why the Trump ...

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Yes, Liberals, Critical Theory Applies to Your Ideas Too

CONSERVATIVES are chuckling about a worried New York Times article about how Trump is stealing the left's cookies on critical theory. After all, if there is no absolute truth, as the left insists, then it's OK for Trump to lie his head off! They quote lefty writer Bruno Latour: Latour observed that conservatives had begun using methods similar to those of critical theory to muddy debates ...

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The Crisis of the Administrative State
It wasn’t supposed to be like this.

Government and the Technology of Power
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Business, Slavery, and Trust
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Humanity's Big Problem: Freebooters and Freeloaders
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The Bonds of Faith
No society known to anthropology or history lacked religion.

A Critique of Social Mechanics
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The Paradox of Individualism
Is individualism the gospel of selfishness or something else?

From Multitude to Civil Society
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The Answer is Civil Society
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The Greater Separation of Powers
If you want to limit power then you must limit power.

Conservatism Three by Three
Conservatism, political, economics, and cultural.

The Culture of Involvement
Imagining lives without the welfare state

The Poor Without the Welfare State
Can the poor thrive without the welfare state?

The Middle Class Without The Welfare State
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Liberals and the Welfare State
Liberals, the ruling class of the administrative welfare state.

From Freeloaders to Free Givers
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The Real Meaning of Society
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After a year of President Obama most Americans understand that the nation is on the wrong track. But how do we find the right track? Americans knew thirty years ago that liberalism was a busted flush. Yet Reaganism and Bushism seemed to be less than the best answer.

But where can we turn? Where are the thinkers and activists of the old days? Where do we find the best ideas? And how do we persuade our present ruling class to loosen its grip on power so that we can move the locomotive of state back onto the right track?

With all of our problems it seems like the worst of times.

In fact, this is the best of times. Under the radar a generation of great thinkers have been figuring out what went wrong and conjuring up visions of a better future. This book, "An American Manifesto: Life After Liberalism" is an introduction to their ideas, and to the great future that awaits an America willing to respond to their call.

Although this book is addressed to all Americans, conservative, moderate, and liberal, and looks to a nation that transcends our present partisan divide, I must tell you that liberals will have the most difficulty with the book. The reason is simple. I am asking liberals to give up a lot of the power they have amassed in the last century. But we are all Americans, and we must all give up something for the sake of the greater good.


I am Christopher Chantrill and I am writing this book in full view. I'll be blogging on the process and the ideas, and I'll be asking you, dear readers, to help. Read the blog. Read the articles as they come out on American Thinker and ponder over the draft chapters here on this site.

Then send me your reactions, your thoughts, and your comments. You will help more than you know.



The incentive that impels a man to act is always some uneasiness... But to make a man act [he must have] the expectation that purposeful behavior has the power to remove or at least to alleviate the felt uneasiness.
Ludwig von Mises, Human Action


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At first, we thought [the power of the West] was because you had more powerful guns than we had. Then we thought it was because you had the best political system. Next we focused on your economic system. But in the past twenty years, we have realized that the heart of your culture is your religion: Christianity.
David Aikman, Jesus in Beijing


[In the] higher Christian churches... they saunter through the liturgy like Mohawks along a string of scaffolding who have long since forgotten their danger. If God were to blast such a service to bits, the congregation would be, I believe, genuinely shocked. But in the low churches you expect it every minute.
Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm

Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
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