The Monkey Cage discusses the data showing that, among Democrats, concern over global warming increases with education while among Republicans, it decreases. Many of our favorite serious conservatives admit that global warming is happening, but feel it’s important that we do nothing about it. This means that, in practice, they are no different from Jim Inhofe. They just have the right kind of breeding to sound more intelligent than he does.
The reason that I am perhaps irrationally hostile to PBS and NPR (and I take back what I said about NPR being better off without federal money, I don’t know if that is true or not) is that they are too often purveyors of right-wing craziness masquerading as thoughtful erudition. Shame on me for regularly watching Charlie Rose for years, I know.
You didn’t think I was going to get through this post without mentioning another Bobo review, did you? This time, it’s Evan Newmark of the Wall Street Journal who says that, regardless of whether or not Bobo is right that all humans care about is “‘waist-to-hip ratios’, ‘clear skin’ and other breeding metrics worthy of farm animals”, talking about humans in this way does not make for compelling literature.
I would also ask people to remember who else believed in breeding metrics and biological pre-determinism. It’s easy to put a high-brow gloss on even the most barbaric philosophies.
To some extent, the Charlie Rose/NPR model for discourse is that if you get a lot of wealthy, ostensibly knowledgeable people together and have them discuss topics without using profanity, the audience will benefit. It’s the free-wheeling marketplace of ideas! It doesn’t matter if some of these people have wrong about everything in the past, what matters is the profound intellectual honesty of their Yglesias-award winning bons mots. If conservatives and liberals get together, they can agree that we are all human beings blah blah blah. Tell that to school teachers in Wisconsin, tell it to the millions of people who are unemployed.