Saturday, April 09, 2005

Zywicki: Lack of Diversity 'Unsurprising'

Alumni Trustee petition candidate Todd Zywicki '88 has this to say on The Review's recent study finding that Democrats outnumber Republicans at Dartmouth 12.5 to one: "the results are unsurprising." (Via Instapundit.)

Meanwhile, Adam Gurri from George Mason University writes that the study is in line with The Review's history as a campus watchdog.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

So, what do you want? Affirmative Action for conservatives?

Sounds a little hypocritical to me.

Nathaniel Ward said...

Affirmative action would be hypocritical and probably impractical. Editor in Chief Michael Ellis proposed some solutions in his editorial.

Anonymous said...

I don't see any solutions.

Adam Gurri said...

Why would you want Affirmative Action?

Why not just work to create a more open working environment, rather than the hostile, anti-conservative one that most campuses breed?

Anonymous said...

I agree. Professors should also give equal thought and time to libertarianism, anarchism, Communism, fascism, and the full political spectrum.

Anonymous said...

I believe that the inclusion and discussion of ideas should be based on their cogency, validity and truthfulness. There are criteria that extend beyond the political distinctions that exist in Washington. Getting perspectives from the liberals, the conservatives, the anarchists, the communists and the libertarians is tedious and it misses the point. While one's political opinions may figure heavily into the teaching of, say, government, it has little to do with the effectiveness of a teacher of the Iliad or cell biology or whatever. More interesting questions are, "Is there such a thing as objective truth?" or ?Are humans more exemplary than other animals?? I expect that the stultifying consensus on basic philosophical questions, particularly among humanities profs, is more destructive than the ubiquity of dems. While the large number of dems may point left and may point to these basic philosophical positions, that may be an overgeneralization. More importantly, political affirmative action would breed such resentment as to make racial affirmative action look like an exercise in pleasant comity. Luckily, Horowitz will almost surely fail.

Mike Lorrey said...

Why NOT affirmative action for conservatives (and libertarians, etc)? Equal protection under the law, particularly, demands that so long as Dartmouth maintains such policies based on race and gender, they must also do so on *creed*, which is defined as "a system of belief", which can be either a religion or a political persuasion.