Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thomas Sowell: Why Academics Lean Left

Thomas Sowell explains in this article why academics, celebrities and youngsters generally lean left. Academic economists for example display political orientation bias that can even be in disagreement with core principles of what they teach, as shown in this poll conducted by Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert.

It must be said however in defense of economists that due to their training they typically show significantly higher levels of scientific objectivity than other social scientists. Political bias is much less frequent and intense in economics, as discussed for example in this article by Saunders.

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