I can’t link to all the posts about academia’s left-wing tilt, but let me recommend this post on the class issue in graduate school. Belle writes about a grad student in classics at Berkeley who’d taught himself ancient Greek while serving as a Marine.
C. felt like a fish out of water among the (for the most part, pretty rich) Ivy Leaguers around him, and he resented being told by people who had been to Yale and come out without any debts that he was the recipient of vast privileges because he was a white man. I think it would be fair to say that most of his fellow students regarded him as a big freak at best, and possibly an evil person at worst. This is not to say that most people weren’t nice to him, to his face, but they did all think he was crazy because he wasn’t a lefty. I mean, really crazy. And dumb.
Also read Edward Feser’s hilarious TechCentralStation column on how leftish academics proved his point about intolerance of conservative opinions.
Professor Brian Leiter, who fancies himself an arbiter of all things academically respectable, disagrees with my assertion that conservatives are treated with condescension and hostility in the modern university. His way of proving me wrong is to call me “embittered” and a “crackpot,” a “lunatic” whose “ranting” and “paranoid” “lies” are not only “embarrassing,” but raise “a serious psychological question” about my mental stability. Then, calling in the heavy intellectual artillery, he links approvingly to another blog which characterizes my article as “bullshit” and “total crap,” and me personally as “nuts,” a “Neanderthal,” “stupid,” “dim-witted,” “a twit,” “a moron,” a product of “the breeding ground of chaos and hate in this country [which] lies nested in the pathological conservativism of murderous anti-abortionist goons, right-wing militias, and wanna-be theocrats,” and — the coup de grace — “Ann Coulter’s long lost fraternal twin.”
Mike Adams a professor at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, posts an e-mail from a UNC-W administrator telling others not to use e-mail to discuss regulation of student groups so as to avoid tipping off Adams. The university wants to limit the number of Christian groups on campus, says Adams’ informer; it already has “de-recognized” a Republican group for limiting membership to Republicans.
Update: Big Arm Woman brilliantly summarizes the Feser-Leitner debate.