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Since academia has a heavy left-wing bias, academics sometimes treat political science as if it was the study of change. This is because academics don't like conservativism. In fact, however, non-change is always an option for any society.

I've removed the above from the main article. It is probably true as far as it goes (as a statement of present-day Western academics, anyway, as far as I know), but any potentially inflammatory remark like this needs to stated very diplomatically and fairly (see neutral point of view). I don't feel confident enough of my knowledge of political science to try to make an improvement. Anybody? --Larry Sanger

This is still in the main article. My recommendation is to remove it because, as you said, it is clearly inflammatory. As one who took a couple of political science classes 25 years ago, I don't think it is even true that political scientists assume anything about "change".

As a professional political scientist, I recommend it's removal. It is, in fact, true that political science as a discipline has more liberals than conservatives (conservatives, disliking government, are less likely to make a profession of studying it, so it's really just a self-selection process). But more importantly, the statement about change is probably false. Societies are dynamic systems, so non-change is not an option. Advancing technology, increasing or decreasing wealth, immigration or emigration, all will create changes. The political question between conservatives and liberals is not so much whether there will be change, but what kind of change to encourage or discourage and how to respond to the changes that actually happen.