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The Left Loses College Kids
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The Left Loses College Kids
By Brian C. Anderson
Brian C. Anderson is the author of "South Park Conservatives," to be published by Regnery in March, and senior editor of City Journal, where a longer version of this article appeared.

January 28, 2005

<snip>The change isn't coming from the faculty lounges and administrative offices but from self- organizing right-of-center students themselves. Never has the right flourished among college kids as it does today. The number of College Republicans, for instance, has almost tripled, from 400 or so campus chapters six years ago to 1,148 today, with 120,000-plus members (compared with the College Democrats' 900 or so chapters and 100,000 members).

Other conservative organizations, ranging from gun clubs (Harvard's has more than 100 students blasting away) to impudent anti-PC newspapers and magazines, are budding at schools everywhere even at Berkeley, crucible of the '60s student left.

The bustle reflects a general rightward shift in college students' views. In 1995, reports UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute, 66% of freshmen wanted the wealthy to pay higher taxes. Today, only 50% do. Support for abortion stood at two-thirds of students in the early '90s; now it's just over half. A late-2003 Harvard Institute of Politics study found that college students had moved to the right of the overall population, with 31% identifying themselves as Republicans, 27% as Democrats and the rest independent or unaffiliated.

One reason that conservative ideas are taking on greater allure for students is that the authorities say they're verboten. Currently, faculty Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least 7 to 1 (in humanities and the social sciences), according to Daniel Klein of Santa Clara University and Charlotta Stern, a Swedish sociologist.

"There's a natural and healthy tendency among students to question the piety of their teachers," notes Alan Kors, a University of Pennsylvania history professor.<snip>

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  -The Left Loses College Kids papau  Jan-28-05 11:00 AM   #0 
  - conservative money machine on campus  KissMeKate   Jan-28-05 11:03 AM   #1 
  - south park anything sucks  pocket   Jan-28-05 11:04 AM   #2 
  - Regnery Press  TexasLawyer   Jan-28-05 11:04 AM   #3 
  - good point - I did not catch that :-)  papau   Jan-28-05 11:06 AM   #5 
  - The Traitor's Son works there. So we'll hear a lot about it on Crossfire.  tsuki   Jan-28-05 03:04 PM   #44 
  - Always check the source. Conservative pundit with AEI ties.  Fla Dem   Jan-29-05 09:13 AM   #49 
  - They may be scum of the earth but not always wrong  Toots   Jan-29-05 10:40 AM   #52 
  - Ya, until they get drafted for the new wars in Iran and Syria. nt  ModRepubinPA   Jan-28-05 11:04 AM   #4 
  - self-organizing my ass  Patiod   Jan-28-05 11:07 AM   #6 
  - Nazi youth /nt  tk2kewl   Jan-28-05 11:08 AM   #7 
  - I don't know where this guy is looking but I have yet to meet a college  dandrhesse   Jan-28-05 11:09 AM   #8 
  - Not so fast...  FromTheLeft   Jan-28-05 12:11 PM   #26 
     - I grew up in Los Angeles and now live in WI and never thought I  dandrhesse   Jan-28-05 12:25 PM   #28 
  - Remember the good old days  kiki   Jan-28-05 11:10 AM   #9 
  - Once they get their uniforms and one-way tickets to icy  Feles Mala   Jan-28-05 11:10 AM   #10 
  - They obviously didn't talk to MY kids  LiberalEsto   Jan-28-05 11:10 AM   #11 
  - "There's a natural and healthy tendency among students  kiki   Jan-28-05 11:19 AM   #12 
  - Another fair and balanced report...  spooky3   Jan-28-05 11:22 AM   #13 
  - Well...  kiki   Jan-28-05 11:27 AM   #15 
     - i think they are getting louder because of money from right wing groups  JI7   Jan-28-05 11:31 AM   #18 
     - lol kiki  KissMeKate   Jan-28-05 11:58 AM   #22 
     - To be honest,  kiki   Jan-28-05 12:08 PM   #25 
     - Thats messed up...  FromTheLeft   Jan-28-05 12:14 PM   #27 
  - Well, it makes sense ...  Johnyawl   Jan-28-05 11:26 AM   #14 
  - so why did Bush lose among younger voters ?  JI7   Jan-28-05 11:29 AM   #16 
  - Exactly (nt)  ThorsHammer   Jan-28-05 12:41 PM   #31 
  - I don't think it was +60  liberalpragmatist   Jan-28-05 12:46 PM   #35 
  - depends on the poll, but they were consistent that it was 10+  JI7   Jan-28-05 01:42 PM   #40 
  - Something This Piece May not Point Out  erpowers   Jan-28-05 02:13 PM   #43 
  - EXCELLENT point  wicket   Jan-28-05 01:12 PM   #38 
  - I'm picturing that scene from Sound of Music  soleft   Jan-28-05 11:30 AM   #17 
  - hehheh.  Jim4Wes   Jan-28-05 11:45 AM   #20 
  - I go to a community college and I'm surprised by the number  HopeLives   Jan-28-05 11:45 AM   #19 
  - There are conservative assholes at my school  GRLMGC   Jan-28-05 11:54 AM   #21 
  - Funny, my college turned out pretty damn good for Kerry and  Endangered Specie   Jan-28-05 12:02 PM   #23 
  - Well, my university is definitely not conservative  American Tragedy   Jan-28-05 12:03 PM   #24 
  - PROPAGANDA ALERT  Cats Against Frist   Jan-28-05 12:33 PM   #29 
  - You are absolutely right  depakid   Jan-28-05 12:44 PM   #34 
  - Keep in mind that on UC campuses Affirmative action was cancelled.  cindyw   Jan-28-05 12:37 PM   #30 
  - I go to a UC  GRLMGC   Jan-28-05 12:43 PM   #33 
     - and I go to UCLA  tishaLA   Jan-28-05 01:34 PM   #39 
  - What a pile of crap  depakid   Jan-28-05 12:42 PM   #32 
  - The why did college kids vote 55-41 Kerry?  liberalpragmatist   Jan-28-05 12:49 PM   #36 
  - 18-30 year olds voted for Kerry overwhelmingly  ArtVandaley   Jan-28-05 01:11 PM   #37 
  - this is why i say we need to do high school campaigning  JI7   Jan-28-05 01:51 PM   #41 
     - right you are, high schoolers are closest to draft age and they are  dandrhesse   Jan-29-05 07:25 AM   #46 
  - This makes sense. Do you remember when Chris Matthews did his college tour  Robin Hood   Jan-28-05 02:12 PM   #42 
  - Well that isn't suprising at all  MadHound   Jan-28-05 03:12 PM   #45 
  - Liberals definetely outnumber conservatives  fujiyama   Jan-29-05 07:41 AM   #47 
  - Funny how this coincides with tuition increased and aid cuts  freestyle   Jan-29-05 07:55 AM   #48 
  - I believe this to be crap! Haven't visited all universities so don't  lonestarnot   Jan-29-05 09:39 AM   #50 
  - College students had traditionally been more conservative until late '90s.  AP   Jan-29-05 09:55 AM   #51 
  - Only the dumb ones  Cheswick2.0   Jan-29-05 10:45 AM   #53 

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