82% Of Top 100 Liberals Are White And 81% Male
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December 15, 2007, 06:48 PM
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A point I`ve made repeatedly is that at the upper reaches of American life, status competition is overwhelmingly a white vs. white struggle, with nonwhites playing largely token roles. For example, 99% of Fortune 500 CEOs and 94% of studio movie screenwriters are white (and typically male).

Audacious Epigone documents this for politics by figuring out the demographics of the London Daily Telegraph`s list of the 100 most influential American liberals and 100 most influential American conservatives. Who`s on the list and in what order they appear is arguable (that`s one purpose of these lists — to generate arguments).

But these kind of lists are very useful for advancing demographic understanding because they typically are developed for other purposes than to advocate a particularly point about demography. They don`t have to be all that accurate to give a reasonable picture of elite demographics.

So, what we find is that whites and males still dominate on both sides of the ideological divide:


Attribute Liberal Conservative
Average Age 58 years, 7 months Just under 58 years
Male 81% 93%
Female 19% 7%
Outed homosexual 3% 2%^
Protestant 43% 44%
Catholic 27% 29%
Mormon 1% 3%
Orthodox 3%* 0%
Buddhist 1%** 0%
Openly atheist 3% 1%
White 82.5% 94%
Black 14.5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 1%^^
Asian 0% 2%