Education: The Retiring Intellectual

By and large, the U.S. intellectual is anticonservative in politics. He rarely strays beyond the liberal wing of the Democratic Party; he grieves over the alleged decline of the social order. And Sociologist Seymour M. Lipset of the University of California, who gives this sort of summary, suspects that the U.S. intellectual has been kidding himself for a long time: he may feel sorrier for himself than for society. Writing in Daedalus, Lipset suggests that U.S. intellectuals, and particularly professors, feel woefully unrespected by the very egalitarian society whose ideals they support so fervently. In short: "The data clearly show that...

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