Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?
Slashdot not withstanding.
Have you noticed how both sides of the political spectrum exhibit this trait so eloquently? They both talk as if they have a mandate from God (pun intended) or that they invented the Truth (again, pun intended). Look closely and you may not like what you see.
I think that it has a lot to do with human nature. Also seems like it would fit well as an evolutionary trait to ward off cognitive dissonance.
It has been posted before but bears repeating. Treating the other side with respect and realizing that they may have a point will go a long way to tone that down.
What If We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?
The pub without beer -> a coffeehouse
A library where talking is encouraged -> Something like The Royal Society http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Society
Should IT Unionize?
Unions only make sense where there a LOT of workers doing very BASIC and undifferentiated work. If you can be replaced by just about any thing that can breathe than you might benefit from a union. In addition, only jobs that require physical presence in a specified location can be regulated this way, otherwise the least expensive option will almost always win.