Politics on the Job

A bunch of charts breaking down occupations by ideology are flying across the Internet at the moment. Perhaps Robin Hanson started it? (Linked by Cowan here.) Hanson includes a link to this NYT article, which focuses upon the Left-orientation of tertiary education, but that’s a huge, perennial topic in itself.

Hanson has his own theory on the subject, based upon differences in risk orientation, but my favorite analysis was provided by commenter adrianratnapala:

Most of the data on those plots can be explained by a rule that says “People who who tell other people what to think for a living lean left. Nearly everyone else leans (nominally) right.”

Bonus (indirectly related) chart dug up from the web:

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(The site it’s taken from looks like a gold-mine for this kind of stuff, if rather popcorn-heavy.)

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  • Antisthenes Says:

    Pretty consistently bi-modal, bears out MM’s ‘Two Americas’ thesis quite well.

    It would have been interesting to see statistics (using a different methodology, of course) for healthcare and the military, and whether these align as extremely to the left (former) and right (latter) as I suspect they do.

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    Aeroguy Reply:

    If you look at the website healthcare is there. It’s actually extremely bi-modal but parsed out further mental health is very left, nursing slightly left, physicians right, and surgeons very right. I didn’t see anything there for the military but from other sources the higher the rank the more right they become (Though I suspect chiefs would be more right than lieutenants).

    I was impressed that the automotive sector was very right but disheartened that even Boeing leans left and Raytheon was in the middle. I thought mainstays of the MIC would be more right.

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    Antisthenes Reply:

    You’re right. I think the extreme skew in psychiatry in particular is going to necessitate I reread TLP…

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  • JPOutlook Says:

    I remember when they used to try and tell us, “America is a centre-right country.” Obviously not.

    To the content of the chart, it’s important to point out that the 3rd estate’s elites, the bankers, donate the most on a centre-Left position. They know the path to “leadership” in the Cathedral and are after such notereity.

    J.P.O.

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