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College Political Science Professors

June 6, 2011

The reason why I’m updating this website after so long is because I was looking through Rate My Professors when I realized exactly what I love in a college Political Science teacher. My guy last semester was like this, and one of my guys next semester is like this too. And I realized that it’s the perfect fit for me, even though I probably would have never thought it at the time. Why Rate My Professors? This quote came up, and it made so much sense.

He tells it how it is, but has a slight liberal bent.

I love it. Love it love it love it. Exactly how I’d categorize most of my Political Science teachers so far. Why do I love it, as a neoconserjkln;aedfsa (such a hard word to spell, and if spell check is going to get it wrong anyway I may as well really fuck it up)? I love it for the same reason I don’t watch Fox News. I could listen to a conservative preach to me about the dangers of the expansion of government and cutting back on spending and be very happy. I’m not getting the most out of college if I do that though. I don’t want to be taught by people I agree with in a somewhat philosophy based course. I want to be taught by someone just different enough to fuck up the notions I have in my head. I know I’m wrong on a couple issues. I have these ideological ideas that are just plain wrong. What I love is having a moderate liberal to reign me in. Someone moderate enough to make sense and not be insane partisan, but liberal enough to disagree with me. That’s what terrifies me the most; arguments against my beliefs that make sense. And, for whatever reason, moderate-liberal college professors seem to be able to do that very well. And I love it. I love being told, “You’re wrong. And here’s why.” And then not being able to respond because I know the guy is right. It fucks me up just enough for me to realize that while in reality I do know a decent amount and have good ideas, I’m not always right. Sometimes the things I believe in the most are complete bullshit. When they’re pointed out to me, I take those moments and try to learn from them. Call me weird, but I remember one time my professor called me out on a point I was making. I was wrong. He told me why, and I realized it. Instead of backpedaling and defending myself I just smiled at him. He got me. It was great. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a crazy hardcore libertarian-conservative hybrid, but anything that destroys my hardset beliefs and ground me in reality is something that I try to appreciate. Believe it or not, it’s part of the reason I like talking with Socialistocrat. We’re different ideologically, but he fucks me up just enough that I learn regardless of whether or not he knows it. We talk politics for fun. We debate for fun. It’s not angry in the slightest; we make more jokes while talking politics/debating than angry faces. He’s one of those people that’s different ideologically that makes just the right amount of sense. And I hate it, but I love it. God damn you, Socialistocrat.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. socialistocrat permalink
    June 8, 2011 10:22 am

    This is totally how I feel (sorry for not being able to argue with you). I love my liberal professors, but its so much more fun when they challenge my beliefs. Also, I really liked the post below this because it’s how I always felt about the site. It will be a good place to vent/keep a journal on thoughts but doesn’t need to be regular.

  2. aptronym238 permalink
    July 18, 2011 5:34 pm

    This might be true for the up-front ones, but I’m sick to death of the subtle assumptions and presumptions that make liberals—and progressives in particular—so difficult to argue with. That’s not to say that all liberals and progressives are intractable or unreasonable; I have had some very good points raised against my arguments that have led me to at least question my assumptions. The problem is that many of the tropes in the leftist sphere of thought are accepted at such a fundamental level that arguing against them is a Sisyphean task. Basic assumptions about the “weapons effect,” the stimulative effects of government spending, and the goals of the right and libertarianism in general make debate an exercise in forcing the conversation back to these unquestioned premises, something few I’ve met are wont to do. There are so many of these assumptions that getting anywhere in a debate becomes impossible, and simply letting them slide is to concede them as fact. That is why I am not such an ardent supporter of those who challenge my beliefs: while there are those who do so from a logical and coherent perspective, there are far more who argue from a position with deep enough flaws that there is nothing for me to learn.

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