Letter to the Editor: Experience and success breed conservativism

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Regarding Ryan Lowe’s letter to the editor published on Sept. 11, a much better explanation of the liberal slant of young college students can be found in the saying variously attributed to either George Orwell or Winston Churchill, “If you are not a liberal at age 20, you don’t have a heart; if you are not a conservative at 40, you don’t have common sense.”

When I was a 20-year-old college student I was, like Ryan, quite liberal in many of my attitudes, but now that I am past 40, I find I am quite conservative in my personal and political views simply as a result of maturity and experience.

I find it interesting that among older people who are college graduates, those who are most successful in their personal and professional lives are the ones who are or have become more conservative, while those who have hung onto the “liberal ideals of youth” have not been as successful either professionally or in their personal lives, or both.

Mark Boberg

Alumnus, Political Science