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March 03, 2005

Underrepresentation of Republicans in Academia

Belle Waring finds Aaron Swartz making this definitive comment on the issue:

John & Belle Have A Blog: Discrimination!: This is a really funny post on discrimination in academia:

A shocking recent study has discovered that only 13% of Stanford professors are Republicans. The authors compare this to the 51% of 2004 voters who selected a Republican for President and argue this is ‘evidence of discrimination’ and that ‘academic Republicans are being eradicated by academic Democrats’.

Scary as this is, my preliminary research has discovered some even more shocking facts. I have found that only 1% of Stanford professors believe in telepathy (defined as ‘communication between minds without using the traditional five senses’), compared with 36% of the general population. And less than half a percent believe ‘people on this earth are sometimes possessed by the devil’, compared with 49% of those outside the ivory tower. And while 25% of Americans believe in astrology (‘the position of the stars and planets can affect people’s lives’), I could only find one Stanford professor who would agree. (All numbers are from mainstream polls, as reported by Sokal.)

This dreadful lack of intellectual diversity is a serious threat to our nation’s youth, who are quietly being propagandized by anti-astrology radicals instead of educated with different points of view. Were I to discover that there were no blacks on the Stanford faculty, the Politically Correct community would be all up in arms. But they have no problem squeezing out prospective faculty members whose views they disagree with.

Man, they're just afraid that if people learned the truth about homeopathy, the near-total lock leftists have over our nation's institutions would be broken.

Posted by DeLong at March 3, 2005 07:30 AM