Solid analysis of the political divide in this nation.
Mar 22, 2009
Author Ron Lipsman is a mathematician by trade. At the same time he is a person who has had a lifelong interest in politics. It is a rather unusual combination. In "Liberal Hearts and Conservative Brains" Lipsman sets out to prove the correlation between age and political philosophy. Most of us are familiar with the age old adage "If you are young and not liberal then you have no heart; but if you are older and not conservative, then you have no brain." I am not quite sure that Lipsman completely succeeded in what he set out to prove. Having said that I found "Liberal Hearts and Conservative Brains" to be a superb primer for those who are just becoming interested in the political process. Lipsman cites 24 key issues in which the positions of liberals and conservatives are quite clearly defined. For my money he hits the nail on the head on most of these issues. After reading through and reflecting on these two dozen issues it would be extremely difficult for just about anyone of any age not to figure out exactly where they fall on the political spectrum. However, proving the correlation between age and political philosophy turns out to be a somewhat more difficult proposition. Clearly there are tendencies that point in this direction. But I believe even Professor Lipsman would have to admit that the relationship may not be quite as clear cut as he might have anticipated at the outset of his project.
I found "Liberal Hearts and Conservative Brains" to be a very well written and worthwhile book nonetheless. It will be up to each individual reader to determine the merits of the case he has made. Recommended.
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"Talk radio hosts seem to believe conservatives are from Mars and liberals are from Venus—two different species, in other words. Ron Lipsman's new book uses a mix of rational analysis and personal history to suggest there may be deeper psychological laws at work here that help shape our worldviews. He's on to something!" —Elias Crim, Publishing Consultant.
argues for a correlation between age and political philosophy, which asserts that young people tend to gravitate toward liberalism while older people are usually more comfortable with conservatism; and that, additionally, among the people who change their political preference over time, more go from liberal to conservative than vice versa; and finally, he assesses the strengths of these trends;
examines the most interesting counter-examples to these trends--namely, premature conservatives and aging liberals—and explains what motivates them;
presents a history of the liberal/conservative divide in America and then augments it with an assessment of its current status as well as a prediction of its future;
"An insightful and witty examination of the values and beliefs that divide liberals and conservatives in America today. A penetrating look at the concept of the ‘aging liberal', especially as it pertains to the Jewish and academic communities." —Bruce Bartlett, nationally syndicated columnist
Ron Lipsman is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Mathematics in the College of Computer, Mathematical and ...