Right-wing pundit Kurt Schlichter:
They hate you.

Leftists don’t merely disagree with you. They don’t merely feel you are misguided. They don’t think you are merely wrong. They hate you.
Tucker FitzGerald, self-described as "deeply curious about justice and equality":
Universities aren’t bereft of conservatives and Evangelicals because of a vast left-wing conspiracy. They’re bereft of those people because people committed to those world views so rarely have anything to offer to an open-minded, inquiring, growing community. Universities are lacking in conservatives and fundamentalist Christians because the amount of education that it takes to become a professor is likely to expose Evangelicals and conservatives to enough good ideas that they’re no longer fundamentalist or conservative.
Ah, yes. If only I'd been exposed to more left-wing -- I mean, "good" -- ideas in my education. That's probably what's holding me back. Lack of exposure.


Eric Blair said...

Schlicter (I follow him on Twitter) is often incendiary, but I can never really refute what he says. Mr. Fitzgerald is so self-unaware that it is to be pitied.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Mr. Fitzgerald now believes that bad systems cause our problems, as evidenced by the number of times he uses the word "systemic."

He is not alone. That is what is taught in the social sciences, including history these days. It's an ideal catch-all that means you no longer have to actually prove your point. You can simply make an accusation and spin a plausible tale about some ill or another being "systemic." This attitude is deeply embedded at this point, enough so that if you do not believe that things are systemic, you begin to be excluded.

Remember Blackavar in Watership Down.

E Hines said...

Schlichter isn't entirely correct. Leftists have an overarching contempt for us, also, as illustrated by FitzGerald. The two groups with those views have a lot of overlap between them, but they aren't coincident.

Eric Hines

james said...

I was told that one bastion of economic conservatism was the Econ department.

jaed said...

Economists generally can do some math. (Yes, hopelessly snarky... but also true.)

Gringo said...

From Tucker Fitzgerald link:
I have no interest in our universities being populated by people who think like me. But I do have an interest in them being populated with people who think.

Yeah, right.

Tucker Fitzgerald describes himself as "Growing up as a conservative Christian." As such, he reminds me of the most fanatical type of New York progressive - the one who migrated from Flyover Country. Recall the remark of NYT columnist David Carr, a Minnesota native, making the crack about the "dance of the low-sloping foreheads."
As such, Tucker Fitzgerald has to proclaim loud and clear that he isn't like THEM.