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Stuff Liberals and Conservatives Like: Exploring the Great Cultural Divide

August 22, 2009

I thought it might be instructive and amusing to compare  the tastes of “blue” and “red” Americans. (Shall the twain ever meet?) See what you think.

With apologies to Christian Lander, author/webmaster of Stuff White People Like.

                                               Liberals Like:                     Conservatives Like:

President:                             Kennedy                                  Reagan

Music Genre:                        Folk                                          Country & Western

City:                                        San Francisco                          Las Vegas

State:                                      Vermont                                   Texas

Foreign Country:                   France                                       N/A

Car:                                          Volvo                                         any American SUV

Pundit:                                    Keith Olbermann                     Rush Limbaugh

Comedian:                              Jon Stewart                               Glenn Beck

Food:                                       arugula salad                             corn dogs

Beverage:                               California varietal wines          Budweiser

Movie:                                     Reds                                             Patton

Movie Star:                            Jane Fonda                                 John Wayne

Filmmaker:                            Michael Moore                           Mel Gibson

Historical Figure:                  Martin Luther King, Jr.            Jesus

Book:                                      The God Delusion                     The Bible

Exemplary Woman:             Hillary Clinton                           Sarah Palin

Exemplary Jew:                   Jon Stewart                                Jesus

Exemplary Black:                Jimi Hendrix                              Uncle Tom

1969 Highlight:                    Woodstock                                   moon landing

Code Word:                           diversity                                      patriotism

Sex Symbol (male):             Jon Stewart                                 Arnold Schwarzenegger

Sex Symbol (female):          Susan Sontag                               Sarah Palin

Hobby:                                   recycling                                      hunting

Fitness Activity:                   yoga                                              hunting

Nonprofit:                              NPR                                              NRA

College:                                  Berkeley                                       Notre Dame

Sporting Event:                    Wimbledon                                  Super Bowl

Family Destination:             Cirque du Soleil                           Disney World

Newspaper:                           The New York Times                The Wall Street Journal

Magazine:                               The Nation                                  National Review

Website:                                  HuffingtonPost                           The Drudge Report

TV News Source:                   Jon Stewart                                 Fox News

Quote:                                      “I have a dream”                        “My country right or wrong”

Vice:                                          profanity                                      adultery

Heresy:                                    Lincoln was gay                          Obama was born in Kenya

Bête Noire:                              white fundamentalists               gay tree-hugging atheists

Euphemism:                            affirmative action                      family values

Delusion:                                  “Everybody else is stupid”      “Everybody else is going to hell”

Well, they almost agreed on that last issue. Maybe there’s still hope.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2009 2:58 pm

    Nah – liberals like blues….. makes us feel attached to roots that usually aren’t our own….


  2. August 22, 2009 3:50 pm

    I know; it was hard to pick just one. I probably could have included every genre except polka, easy listenin’ and George M. Cohan. Good comment, though.

  3. Taliesin Knol permalink
    January 9, 2010 4:34 am

    Of course, conservatives could never admit liking Vegas, to “immoral” and would never admit that the moon landing was the result of science. (they probably expected God to be waiting) On Delusions, we make our own Hells, and yeah, everbody is stupid, if not all, then part-time.

  4. Taliesin Knol permalink
    January 12, 2010 1:21 pm

    I was going over this list again, Jon Stewart as the Liberal sex symbol? You missed a great opportunity to make a Clinton Joke!

  5. Oski permalink
    June 22, 2011 3:14 am

    Berkeley was conservative until the 1960s and then became moderate after the 80s. Today Berkeley is an elite academic institution where the students are no more politically homogeneous than any other university. The largest student group on campus is the College Republicans. Also, considering that the Undergrad population is 65% Asian (mostly pursuing engineering/econ/science), Berkeley is no more a liberal bastion than MIT or Harvey Mud. Furthermore, Berkeley is also home to the Haas School of Business and the highest rated Econ program in the nation, beating out the traditionally conservative U of Chicago. The administration also destroyed several ethnic studies departments. Finally, Cal also has a thriving Greek System which produces very conservative and ambitious men and women.

    As a recent Cal alum, and conservative, Its insulting to label Cal a liberal university just because of what happened in the 60s. That being said, the City of Berkeley is a cesspool of liberals (in the hills) and ghetto blacks (in the flats) with a university sandwiched in the middle.

    • June 30, 2011 10:14 am

      Sorry, I guess my age is showing. My generation will always think of Berkeley a bastion of vociferous leftists. (As it is, the town is still a bastion of what I’d call lifestyle leftists.) Maybe Wisconsin or Michigan would be better choices, but they just don’t have the same brand recognition factor as Berkeley.

  6. valdobiade permalink
    June 22, 2011 7:22 pm

    I am wondering if a student has to choose an University and has not a specific political orientation, what kind of University will she/he choose? Is not there the danger of indoctrination?
    Back in my old Romania, the Universities indeed had ‘Politic” classes, but nobody gave a rat ass about them, we went to learn Math, Biology, Chemistry etc. We were not disturbed by clashes between parties, there was only one party and you didn’t need to go to University to know how Communism works – you were indoctrinated from kindergarten. However, here in the US, a free country, Universities should be apolitical and religion neutral.

    • June 30, 2011 10:18 am

      Valdo: You’d think American universities would be dedicated to the pursuit of pure knowledge, but the liberal arts and social sciences have been dominated by doctrinaire leftists since my own college days (and that’s a LONG time ago). They politicize everything from literature to lifestyles.

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