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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

“I am not overawed, and I am not at all disturbed by the proclamation of college professors who never earned a dollar by the sweat of their brow by honest labor.”–Senator Samuel Shortridge (R-CA) in response to “1,028 economists [who] sent a letter of protest, arguing that protectionism would harm the economy and cause a trade war.”  This was in the context of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff that helped usher in the Great Depression.

Seriously:  what do a bunch of pointy-headed intellectuals who have devoted their lives to studying a topic know about that topic?  And the absolutely worst kind of college professors are the ones with dry brows.

(From today’s edition of Marketplace).

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. DrDaveT says:

    It’s all about validation of prejudice. If experts can be dismissed as unrealistic, and the media can be dismissed as biased, and you shop around for a religion that agrees with you, then there is no remaining authority who can contradict your petty, ignorant, vicious biases.

    FWIW, I have earned a dollar by the sweat of my brow by honest labor, and I have earned my living as a college professor, and I have earned my living by convincing other people to give me money to think deeply and solve their problems for them. The manual labor is easily the least wearing and least stressful of the three.

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  2. M. Bouffant says:

    There is no hope whatsoever for this species of proudly & profoundly ignorant idiots.

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  3. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    @DrDaveT:

    The manual labor is easily the least wearing and least stressful of the three.

    Well that’s been my experience, too. I only wish we lived in a society where we believed that people who do manual labor are entitled to have decent lives. It would make me feel better about the future.

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  4. Franklin says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’nint cracker: Hear hear!

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  5. gVOR08 says:

    I dither between thinking Republicans are now worse than ever and thinking no, they’ve always been like this. Useful data point.

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  6. al-Ameda says:

    “I am not overawed, and I am not at all disturbed by the proclamation of college professors who never earned a dollar by the sweat of their brow by honest labor.”–Senator Samuel Shortridge (R-CA)

    And where is Shortridge now?
    Legally dead, contrasted to the brain-dead state he was in back then.

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