This thread is in response to the thread by AlexIR
. I’d like dig a little deeper
into this theory that liberals are smarter than conservatives (for the record - I consider a liberal to be left of a moderate democrat and I consider
a conservative to be right of a moderate republican). Let me start by attempting to define intelligence and how it’s measured.
Individuals differ from one another in their ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from
experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought. Although these individual differences can be
substantial, they are never entirely consistent: a given person's intellectual performance will vary on different occasions, in different domains, as
judged by different criteria. Concepts of "intelligence" are attempts to clarify and organize this complex set of phenomena.
I define intelligence as a measurement of an individual’s mental abilities and I consider this measurement extremely subjective, hence the reason
for so many different measurements of intelligence. Tests always show that all individuals do better in certain aspects than others. To establish an
“IQ” or some measure of intelligence, the results of various tests are combined and analyzed.
One person may do relatively better on verbal than on spatial items, for example, while another may show the opposite pattern. Nevertheless,
subtests measuring different abilities tend to be positively correlated: people who score high on one such subtest are likely to be above average on
others as well. These complex patterns of correlation can be clarified by factor analysis, but the results of such analyses are often controversial
In the end, what we have is 95% of the population falling within two standard deviations of the mean, so unless you are a savant or suffering from a
learning disability, your level of intelligence isn’t strikingly different than your neighbor.
By convention, overall intelligence test scores are usuallv converted to a scale in which the mean is 100 and the standard deviation is 15. (The
standard deviation is a measure of the variability of the distribution of scores.) Approximately 95% of the population has scores within two standard
deviations of the mean, i.e. between 70 and 130. For historical reasons, the term "IQ" is often used to describe scores on tests of
However, there may be some truth to the claim that liberals tend to have a slightly higher IQ than conservatives.
Consider this - People with higher test scores tend to get more schooling because they are more likely to go to college than students with lower test
Attendance at school is both a dependent and an independent variable in relation to intelligence. On the one hand, children with higher test
scores are less likely to drop out, more likely to be promoted from grade to grade and then to attend college. Thus the number of years of education
that adults complete is roughly predictable from their childhood scores on intelligence tests. On the other hand schooling itself changes mental
abilities, including those abilities measured on psychometric tests. This is obvious for tests like the SAT that are explicitly designed to assess
school learning, but it is almost equally true of intelligence tests themselves.
This asserts that, though people of slightly higher intelligence are more prone to attend college in the first place, college is also a factor in
raising one’s overall intelligence. An individual’s intelligence is influenced throughout that person’s life by many factors (parenting,
education level of the parents, quality of education they receive, quality of the teachers they have, amount of positive influence and attention they
receive, social circumstances, etc) so it’s safe to say that college also has a positive effect on intelligence.
Now let’s take this a step further…
Since the federal government has taken over the educational system in America, schools here have become
and one of the greatest social experiments in history.
Check out this picture from a public school text book. Schools are teaching children from a young age that the constitution says that the all-mighty
government should provide for their needs:
The Promise Of America Is. . . Socialism? That’s exactly what is being taught in many American public schools.
Under the guise of teaching children to read, the seeds of Socialism are being planted within the minds of young children. Do you believe that the
Preamble to the Constitution of the United States mandates the following?
“The People’s basic needs must be met in a country. Needs for housing, education, transportation, and health care overseen by our government
What the constitution actually says is:
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the
common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America.
So what happens next? When these thoroughly indoctrinated children grow up and attend college they are already primed and ready for the next layer of
mind control…and not just in top level private universities but also public universities that receive tax dollars:
Nearly three-quarters of faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities describe themselves as liberals, and at elite schools, the proportion
is 87 percent, a survey has found.
Once these preconditioned students arrive they are bombarded by the liberals that dominate academia and push radical liberal agendas. Even the
students who would otherwise consider themselves conservative are subjected to this attempted manipulation.
Already inclined toward liberalism, college freshmen are leaning even farther left on key political issues, a nationwide survey of first-year
students has found.
An all-time high of 71.3 percent of the new students support same-sex marriage, 6.4 percentage points higher than in 2009, according to the annual
survey of more than 200,000 freshmen conducted by UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute.
Nearly 43 percent of conservative freshmen said gays and lesbians should be allowed to marry.