1. For most of us, experience is the path to learning, and the absence of actual experience of the world opens the student to the formation of some conclusions which have either no, or only harmful, application outside the halls of ivy. There, he is rewarded in pleasing the teacher by repeating an endorsed behavior, he is going to take his ‘learning’ with him, out into the world. a. George Washington, Father of our country….have a pellet of food. b. Thomas Jefferson, third President, owned slaves and kept a mistress…have an appointment as a graduate instructor! c. Pull the lever: It’s a racist country. America is an exploiter. Capitalism is bad. Israel is a Nazi nation. Get a pellet. d. But to keep pulling the trigger to get the food pellet after the instructor has gone is called the Cargo Cult. 2. One can say that once the student leaves the ‘lab,’ no pellet. True, except that in society the Left supplies the pellet for the ex-student: the pellet is no longer a grade, now it is the protection of the herd. [Coulter refers to it as ‘the mob.’] The ultimate reward may be status, or position. Or a Nobel Peace Prize. a. To put a fine point on it, the ex-student has to supply a correct phrase to get his reward. b. He, of course, comes to prize the ideas and phrases whose repetition rewarded him. He generalizes the idea that the idea is good rather than the reward. 3. Such is the lot of the student raised in captivity. Why should he examine the context or the consequences of his learned phrases? a. Take 'Racism'. The Liberal is of the group that recognizes that racism is bad. But everybody knows this. So what is the benefit or merit of being able to repeat it? Simple: it is a recognition symbol that allows the utterer access to those whose thinking process is similarly limited. A far better analysis is to be found in "The Secret Knowledge," by Mamet. 4. This is the explanation for the more left-leaning members of this board remaining, for the most part, impervious to to logic, data, experience or debate. Rectitude offers no pellet, no grade, no reward. But, if rectitude serves as its own reward....one wouldn't be Liberal.