Tuesday, May 13, 2008

If This is Their Solution, They're Already Too Far Gone

The University of Colorado at Boulder woke up one day, looked around, and wondered, "Where has all the diversity of thought gone?"

So they decided to solve this problem the way they have all others, with affirmative action; this time, the University is after a token conservative professor.

Anyone proposing something like this, including Horowitz and the like, simply does not get it.

5 comments:

A.S. Erickson said...

While he approves of efforts to bolster a conservative presence on campus, Mr. Horowitz fears that setting up a token right-winger as The Conservative at Boulder will brand the person as a curiosity, like "an animal in the zoo." We "fully expect this person to be integrated into the fabric of life on campus," replies Todd Gleeson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

This is the natural consequence of what Horowitz has been advocating for. He shouldn't be surprised.

http://dartreview.com/archives/2005/04/08/hold_yer_horowitz.php

Anonymous said...

Haha... Paradox at its best. At least the conservative stance of not turning to affirmative action (generally speaking) is consistent. Now affirmative action is counter-productive to its own advocates.

Katherine J. Murray said...

In fact, Mr. Peterson said it's not imperative that the new professor of conservative thought be an actual conservative.

Wonderful. In God and Man at Yale William F. Buckley discusses a related issue: in American higher education, professors of religion are more often than not atheists. While this may be the case, I hope that some students would object to finding themselves taught by professors of music theory who are not "actual" musicians, and professors of economics who are not actual economists.

What a crude attempt to further discredit conservative thought. So leftist is CU that quasi-socialist convictions seem to be the norm. It is hardly surprising that CU's chancellor recently decided that more "diversity" was needed on campus, so he is now considering hiring yet another pinko to teach Burke, Hume, Bloom, Buckley, and all those other tiresome old bores. I can think of no better setup to impart to students, such as the credulous Miss Malouff, the idea that conservatism (like all forms of religious faith) is an entirely vestigial school of thought, holding back America and indeed mankind. Yes, conservatives are just the cruel and embittered bastards who have not yet managed to fixate themselves on "social problems and the type of things liberal professors are likely to talk about..."

...but at least CU will soon be able to claim it has "intellectual diversity" on its campus. Go Buffs.

Anonymous said...

Right. A better idea for a conservative wishing to make CU more conservative would be to spend a bunch of money to get himself elected onto the board of trustees and then sue the university for the continued right of subvertible elections, in the name of "democracy," of course.

horrorwitz said...

Even better than spending his own money, shouldn't said conservative ask his friends in conservative nonprofits to raise it for him? They could pass some of the excess through a plant in the alumni club to enable him to sue the university too.