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American Academia Is an Intellectual Ghetto

Tuesday, 21 September 2004 12:00 AM

Federal Election Commission reports for the 2004 presidential campaigns demonstrate the overwhelming bias of faculty and administrators. A full 100 percent of contributions from William and Mary, and 97 percent from Harvard, went to the Kerry campaign. Of the top 20 institutions contributing or employing contributors to the Kerry campaign, five are universities — Berkeley, Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, and MIT. George W. Bush’s top 20 contributors, unsurprisingly, lists not a singe academic institution.

Despite an equal split in the time Democrats and Republicans have occupied the White House in the previous four administrations, academia has mined the talent pool of Democratic cabinet officials to the near exclusion of Republicans. Accuracy in Academia found that 13 Clinton cabinet officials and eight members of Jimmy Carter’s cabinet landed jobs in higher education following their government service. Within Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush’s cabinet, a total of six former officials got hired. Al Gore, Erskine Bowles, Leon Panetta, George Stephanopoulos, and other academically uncredentialed Democrats found a revolving door from politics to academia back to politics, while Republicans found the door double bolted.

The political affiliations of college faculty reveal a profession devoid of intellectual diversity. Faculty registered as Democrats outnumber Republicans by ratios of 14 to 1 at Ithaca College, 12 to 1 at UCLA, 25 to 1 at Dartmouth College, and 31 to 1 at the University of Colorado. A Luntz poll following the 2000 election reported 84 percent of Ivy League professors voting for Gore, and just nine percent voting for Bush. There’s reason to believe the results will be even more lopsided this time around.

As a leftist monologue has replaced a multifaceted debate on campus, intellectual charlatans clever enough to flatter progressive political positions have gained riches and academic celebrity.

Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace Prize in large part by peddling a fraudulent story. When Menchu’s “dead” brother was found alive, her illiteracy was rebutted by the discovery of her years in prestigious boarding schools, and her tale of racist landowners oppressing her family was contradicted by the inconvenient fact of an interfamilial land squabble, she merely countered the charges with accusations of racism.

Michael Bellesiles won the Bancroft Prize for Arming America, a book that projected contemporary gun-control fantasies upon early America. When it was revealed that he had cooked the books on his research, the prize was revoked, and Bellesiles resigned his Emory professorship.

Betty Friedan, author of the million-selling Feminine Mystique, portrayed herself as a Middle-American stay-at-home mom. In reality, she worked for communist-controlled publications and lived in high-style at a lavish mansion.

Would professors have fallen for Menchu, Bellesiles, and Friedan’s fictions had they undermined progressive causes? What’s truly disturbing is that although honesty ultimately prevailed in the Bellesiles case, academics continue to ignore, excuse, and deny the lies of Rigoberta Menchu and Betty Friedan — not to mention those of Alger Hiss, Paul Ehrlich, Noam Chomsky, and dozens of other intellectual morons.

Academia is an intellectual ghetto. It is crammed with inhabitants who read the same books, speak the same insider language (“patriarchy,” “proletariat,” “false consciousness”), and vote for the same candidates. In their walled communities, their views get reaffirmed and go unchallenged. The result is that glaring falsehoods often get confused for incisive truths when they advance the dominant ideology.

Freshmen beware. Your college may boast ancient mottoes venerating truth and bombard you with hosannas to diversity. In practice, they rarely support either.

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