Professor Burgess-Jackson has a nice post concerning liberal smugness. He analyzes a bumper sticker he saw which read, “Annoy a Republican, Think for Yourself”. In his estimation the message conveyed by the sticker is far from truthful. This is correct but ultimately beside the point. The sole purpose of the bumper sticker is to inform the world that the driver of the car is a “free thinker”.

I don’t doubt the sincerity of the driver though. I’m sure that he/she is completely convinced that only people that share his/her viewpoint are really “free thinkers”. And I’m sure that all his/her “free thinking” buddies feel exactly the same way.