Diversity at the university is fine as long as it is not conservative

UW faculty and staff contribute to Democrats over Republicans by a 42 to 1 ratio
but they’re not biased

What a great idea! A think tank at the University of Wisconsin-Madison named for my mentor, Tommy G. Thompson, our longest-serving governor and, to my mind, the most consequential in the last 100 years.

Or “a fine idea,” as the Wisconsin State Journal puts it this morning.

As long as it is nonpartisan, which is to say, as long as it is not conservative.

“Critics warn that the center could push a conservative agenda,” the State Journal editorializes. “Instead, the center should foster a constructive dialog and greater understanding.”

Never mind that Republican legislators are miffed at the hostile environment for conservative speakers, students, and professors (few that there are) on campus. Enough to consider codifying into statute (the Campus Free Speech Act) what the UW’s “sifting and winnowing” plaque only promises.

Not to worry. Promoters are promising “no particular ideological angle.” If so, the TGT Center would be the first such institution at the university (outside of the hard sciences) not to have an agenda.

Madison’s UW campus is territory occupied by the Resistance, as are most major universities in America these days. Held hostage by queer studies and hip hop masters’ candidates wallowing in victimhood and grievance. Where students hoping for a passing grade in a course called “The Problem of Whiteness” had better brush up on their DeeRay McKesson.

Even at Catholic Notre Dame University. CNN was all over the 100 or so graduates who walked out of Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address. His speech was newsworthy for another reason: it was one of only two graduation day speeches delivered by a conservative at any of the top 100 American universities, according to Accuracy In Media.

Money talks, so what are University of Wisconsin profs, administrators, and staff saying? The answer, according to 2016 election cycle campaign contributions, as compiled by the OpenSecrets.org, is DEMOCRATS!

Dems beat GOPs

Top UW recips

‘It’s easier to find a Marxist than a Republican’

The hopes of the indentured servants here at the Manor were raised then cruelly dashed when my daily e-mail from New York Times columnist David Leonhardt said that — aside from race and religion — there was not enough diversity on our college campuses. Could it be that …?

At college graduations around the country this month, there will be many paeans to diversity. But leading American colleges still aren’t nearly as diverse as they imagine themselves to be. Yes, they are filled with students from every religion, race and region. And colleges can take pride in this diversity, given their long history of exclusion. Yet many campuses still practice one form of exclusion: They don’t enroll many talented students from the bottom half of the income distribution, despite the fact that thousands of such students are out there.

Fooled again! The lack diversity Leonhardt bemoans is not philosophical, ideological, or political. It’s income — part of the identity politics triad (the others being race and gender). NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, of all people, got it right a few months ago when he observed:

Universities are the bedrock of progressive values, but the one kind of diversity that universities disregard is ideological and religious. We’re fine with people who don’t look like us, as long as they think like us. … it’s easier to find a Marxist in some disciplines than a Republican. — “A confession of liberal intolerance.”

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10 Responses to Diversity at the university is fine as long as it is not conservative

  1. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    Steve Bannon was absolutely right when he said that if conservatives expect liberals to give back the country without a fight, they’re sadly mistaken. And nowhere is this more true than on college and university campuses, where leftist propaganda is simply part of the air one breathes. (I know; I breathed it for decades.) It didn’t happen overnight–in fact, it started, like so many pathogens of the Left, back in the late ’60s when student “activists,” prodded on by Marxists professors and enabled by spineless administrators, decided to turn institutions of higher education in the US into incubators for soldiers of the Revolution” (now known as the Resistance).
    One of the most toxic legacies of that benighted era can be seen in the proliferation of departments (usually with the word “Studies” in its title) devoted to promoting the agenda of identity politics. It’s an open secret on any college campus that these “departments” are not held to the standards of traditional departments: the faculty are recruited on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender identity, etc., not academic accomplishment. Their “research” is often laughably puerile but always treated with the most solemn reverence. The courses offered are intellectually bankrupt, appealing to the tastes and interests of late-adolescents (e.g., the history of hip-hop), and most students know that taking “Intro. to African American Studies” comes with the guarantee of an easy A. Perhaps the greatest damage done by this charade falls on minority students, who are encouraged to major in a field that strokes their sense of victimhood but does nothing to provide them with a useful means to make a living when they graduate.
    One place to start taking the country back is our campuses. And a good first step would be for the Legislature to demand that the University defund these bogus departments. The uproar would be mighty but well worth it–and besides, the counter-revolution has to begin somewhere. Maybe this is something the thinkers at the new Tommy Thompson Center.think tank might want to think about.

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  2. old baldy says:

    Dave:
    Just wondering, how many state facilities need to be named after TGT before there are enough? This should make at least 5, the earlier ones are; a fish hatchery, a state park, an office building on W. Wash, and a youth dorm at State Fair Park.

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    • old baldy says:

      Just like North Korea, a cult of personality, eh?

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      • David Blaska says:

        You see no difference between Stalin and Kim Jong Un vis a viz La Follette and Tommy Thompson? Really? One was enforced during their rules; the other voluntarily and well after they had left the stage. Can you guess which is which? (I didn’t think so.)

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  3. old baldy says:

    dave:

    That isn’t the point. How many public facilities need to be named after TGT top assuage his ego? And at least 4 of those state facilities were named for TGT while he was still in office….

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  4. madisonexpat says:

    Hijacked thread warning. That’d be you O’Ballsy.

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  6. Batman says:

    Excellent post Mr. Kriewald.
    You said what I wanted to only better than I could.

    One more consequence of majoring in Dance Theory, Gender Studies, or the History of White Privilege etc., is that unless these graduates secure a teaching position they will probably be unable to repay their student loans.

    Click the URL below to hear a five minute commencement speech by George Will. Is an outstanding and pointed overview of serious issues within higher education relevant to this thread.

    https://www.prageru.com/courses/life-studies/speech-every-2015-college-grad-needs-hear

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