Enlightened liberalism

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2006 at 11:31 p.m.
In the Jan. 18 Sun Steve Baldwin asks, "Is there a single tenured Republican on the faculty at UF?"
Yes, there are several. However, please note that a quick survey of intellectuals of any profession will show that learned people are, on the average, rather more liberal than the population as a whole. Therefore, as is the case in nearly all public universities in our nation, there are far more liberals than conservatives.
On a related note, I recall that John Stuart Mill famously noted, "I have found that not all conservatives are stupid people, but most stupid people are conservative."
Jane Caplan, Gainesville

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