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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Friday, September 20, 2002 The campus as ideological monopoly:In the administrations and on the faculties of nation’s universities, Republicans and conservatives are almost as rare as unicorns, writes David Horowitz, who has launched a campaign against bias in the academy.
Here's how John Leo describes campus life: Debate has virtually disappeared, and there isn't much diversity of opinion…Graduate students who want to become academics know they can't rise within the system unless they display liberal views. Professors know they are unlikely to get hired or promoted unless they embrace the expected package of campus isms–radical feminism, multiculturalism, postmodernism, identity politics, gender politics, and deconstruction. Remaining conservatives and moderates can survive if they keep their heads down and their mouths shut. Dissent from campus orthodoxy is risky. A single expressed doubt about affirmative action or a kind word about school vouchers may be enough to derail a career.
Fighting the good fight for academic freedom of thought is a group called FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Stanley Kurtz of NRO pens a tribute: When it comes to America's politically correct campuses, all is not lost. In fact, in some important respects we are actually beginning to win the battle for freedom of thought at America's colleges and universities. That is largely because of a feisty little three-year-old named FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Everyone who cares about intellectual freedom in the American academy needs to know that there is real reason for hope.