Thursday, May 05, 2005

David Horowitz

Interesting Chronicle of Higher Education article about David Horowitz, who is leading the campaign to get more conservatives in academia. Quite a scarcity of conservatives here, especially in the humanities. I'm fairly liberal myself, but I'd love to see more conservatives- it would make the discussions much more lively!

I'm not fond of groups that seek to micromanage the universities and certainly not fond of the idea that students have paid money and so can expect to enjoy every minute of school. However, I also think that prostelytizing in class is boorish.

However I have spent the last six years in higher education and I have never not once, seen a professor engage in indoctrination, prostelyzation, or political advocacy in a classroom situation. So, I think the problem may be overblown. (On the other hand, I was not at UC Berkeley either.) Who knows? It would be interesting to have a discussion with Horowitz. He says that he would like to hear from liberals. My only fear would be that, if I disagreed with him, he'd write a book against me.

3 comments:

Becky said...

Eh. My aunt survived Berkeley with her conservatism barely shaken. It was quite the family scandal at the time that she briefly considered voting for Dukakis.

You'll understand then that they don't quite know what to make of me.

Horowitz said...

Send me a comment. I promise not to write a book about you.

Rufus said...

Well, hopefully that's the real Horowitz. I think so, and so I've sent a comment to the Discover the Network site as well as Front Page Magazine. I'm fairly certain that the DTN comment box did not work correctly, but the FPM one did. I'll post my comment here as well, just in case.