I have often heard this quote: that organizations which start out as non-political, tend to move to the left, or become more liberal, unless they are explicitly conservative to begin with. I tried googling for the quote and of course got no hits for exact quotes and waaaay too many hits for words like "liberal".

I believe it was an American talking about American organizations.

  • Stephen Macedo, but I don't think we do trivia here.
    – user1873
    Dec 21, 2014 at 0:01
  • The main advantage of StackExchange over search engines is you are asking real people for answers. Search engines cannot intuit, so this is the one site where I might get help. Research is research, I wanted to find the accurate quote and not go from memory. It's not trivia.
    – CigarDoug
    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:44
  • I think it would be beneficial to require a comment for a down vote. I asked a legitimate question, it is directly related to politics. There are many helpful StackExchange sites, most are receptive to new members. This isn't one of them.
    – CigarDoug
    Dec 22, 2014 at 11:48

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According to this article, it was John O'Sullivan, former editor of National Review. It's also corroborated on Wikipedia.

  • Hmm: Strange. One can frequently observe that individuals get more conservative as they become older (past student age, etc.)
    – Drux
    Jul 23, 2015 at 5:09
  • Individuals, yes. But organizations move in the opposite direction. Probably because their founders die or move on to other things. It's kind of like a ship, take your hand off the rudder, it crashes on the rocks.
    – CigarDoug
    May 19, 2017 at 15:33

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