Berkeley Bunk: Whiny Kids End Up Conservative, Self Reliant Kids End Up Liberal?

From the Toronto Star via the UC Berkeley:

Remember the whiny, insecure kid in nursery school, the one who always thought everyone was out to get him, and was always running to the teacher with complaints? Chances are he grew up to be a conservative.

At least, he did if he was one of 95 kids from the Berkeley area that social scientists have been tracking for the last 20 years. The confident, resilient, self-reliant kids mostly grew up to be liberals.

Read the entire article for the rest of the details, and take off your Birkenstocks in favor of fishing waders, because the BS gets pretty deep.

First of all, I wouldn’t classify anybody who is still in his or her early 20’s as having “grown up”, and certainly not in California. Secondly, performing a study involving conservatism using test subjects completely from the Berkeley area is like test marketing Metallica’s new CD at a nursing home.

The “study” aside–be honest–when you think “self reliance”, is a liberal the first person to pop into your head? I didn’t think so.

Here’s my favorite part:

The confident kids turned out liberal and were still hanging loose, turning into bright, non-conforming adults with wide interests.

“Hanging loose”? Oh well, it sounds better than saying “unemployed”, or “snowboarders”, or “social activists”, or all three.

The message? Self reliant kids who are destined to grow up to be liberals can thank their lucky stars that part of this self reliance will apparently involve the ability to rely on themselves to secure a tenured professorship at a liberal college. While there, they can conduct “studies” that nobody in the non-self-reliant private sector, populated in large part by former whiny kids, will give a damn about.


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