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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Chiat Plays With Himself

Jonathan Chait has an editorial in the L.A.Times today, "Why Academia Shuns Republicans." To wit:

A few weeks ago, a pair of studies found that Democrats vastly outnumbered Republicans among professors at leading universities. Conservatives gleefully seized upon this to once again flagellate academia for its liberal bias.
Am I the only person who fails to understand why conservatives see this finding as vindication? After all, these studies show that some of the best-educated, most-informed people in the country overwhelmingly reject the GOP. Why is this seen as an indictment of academia, rather than as an indictment of the Republican Party?

Right off the top of my head, Johnny, might it be that Republicans feel vindicated by the substantiation of our belief that academe is a festering cauldron of leftthink militantism, and that while we are busy winning elections, schools at all levels are failing miserably? And that it just might be all the demagoguery being taught that is leading to these failures? Just a thought.
It will be worth keeping an eye on Patterico and/or Oh, That Liberal Media for a more thoughtful and thorough fisking of this garbage, but sometimes I just get soooo annoyed...
H/T emailer Geoff Fox


At December 13, 2004 at 1:16 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

I have a friend who teaches at Hastings, who makes Chomsky look moderate. He insists liberals don't outnumber conservatives on campus, but I know that secretly he approves of it, cuz he's let slip that he sees his role as not just as educator, but an adjutant in a culture war.

"The Republicans control everything else!" he'll sputter. Of course they don't control anything; if they public doesn't like their ideas, they'll be out the door. But admitting this would be admitting the public rejects liberal ideas...


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