Thursday, December 02, 2004

Juan Cole responds to George Will

George Will and his friends seek nothing less than an affirmative action program to fill college teaching jobs with unqualified Republicans. I suppose this is to be the farm team for the conservative think tanks. Mind you, this sort of conservative whining has been around for a while, but that doesn't mean it's not dangerous. Juan Cole provides this extensive reply:

Are we including two-year colleges? Four-year ones? Are we including Economics Departments, Business Schools, Medical Schools, Engineering schools?

If that were the pool, then academics probably mirror the general American society pretty closely. There are about 1.1 million post-secondary teachers in the United States. A lot of the ones in the Red States are conservatives, and a lot of the ones in the engineering schools everywhere are. So it simply is not true that "universities" are bastions of the political left. Moreover, there are almost no leftists in any major economics department in the United States.

It goes on. And on. All worth reading


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