this next segment reminded our stellar producer brian of that commercial when santa discovered walking and talking m&ms do in exact exist. it's time to debunk that same political myth about the young conservative because they do exist. and in
. they're on a
near you. but with two very different schools of thought if you will in a first of its kind study our next guest discovered the young conservative is actually portrayed in very distinct ways. in the guest spot today,
binder, the author of "becoming
how campuses shape
so, because i am a conservative and i go to a lot of college campuses to speak about this, i have a theory on this. it's my theory that being young and conservative these days is only way to be rebellious in college anymore. you know? sort of the anti-war rally or the women's rights march, i mean, these are not new things. done for, in fact, half a century. they don't feel new. they don't feel. they don't feel dangerous but a march for fiscal responsibility on the quad, that feels rebellious. that feels different and new and
kind of want that excitement. what do you think?
well, we had several students in our book who told us that they enjoyed being at the center of attention as you're describing. but even more to the point, there are a lot of student who is said as conservatives on campus they were probably getting more of a better education than liberals were because liberals are complacent and kind of drinking the kool-aid that the faculty giving them and they the conservatives were thinking about these issues and talking about them with their friends and bringing up all kinds of issues that got other people mad and getting a better education on their campuses.
, there's a piece in "the
" saying an exception to the idea of campuses as a bastion of liberalism is the fraternity and sorority system where members show up show up on campus more
and remain that way throughout their four years or however long i guess it takes. some people in fraternities, like "
" takes seven years. what is it about the greek system that attracts
people and keeps them
through their college years?
it's really interesting that you raise that because in our study, i did this study, by the way, with co-author kate wood, who is a
, and we didn't talk with a whole lot of people who were in fraternities. one of the campuses that we studied didn't have frat ternity system, and the other just didn't have a lot of the students that we were talking with. i was just be speculating here, but students that are perhaps more traditionally into fun and kind of traditional forms of fun, sports and so forth, might tend toward conservatism but, again, we didn't have a lot of those people in our sample.
was recently on "meet the press" and he said there's a dark vein of intolerance. there's sort of contributing to that dark vein of intolerance. do they understand how they're contributing to that?
well, so here is the really interesting thing about our study. we did research on two different campuses. one an elite
, one a western
which was much larger and, as i said, public. and it was only on the
that such actions like the
affirmative action bake sale
or catch an
day or the animal appreciation barbecue day, these kinds of actions were thought of as appropriate actions for the campus. and what the students said who ran these kinds of events was that they thought that they had to catch the attention of others on their campus, and they weren't really trying to get on the nerves of the
on campus but trying to make a point about the insidious effects of
, but my sense was that they knew that they were being very provocative and they were kind of playing gotcha with liberals on their campus.
it's a thrill i look for every day. i try,
. all right.
, thanks for joining us.
thank you very much.
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