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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Paul Krugman: A few days ago Pew reported that Republicans, who were already much less positive than Democrats about higher education, have turned very negative on the role of colleges in America. True to form, this worries some liberal commentators, who are calling for outreach -- universities should examine their implicit biases, make an effort to hire more conservative faculty, etc.. And you can see the point. After all, among college professors 59 percent identify as Democrats versus only 13 percent as Republicans; senior faculty were even more liberal, with very few identifying themselves as conservatives. Oh, wait -- that wasn't a survey of college professors; it was a 2004 survey of the military, and the 59-13 comparison was of Republicans versus Democrats.

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Support for Republicans in the military has eroded since then, but the officer corps is still far more conservative than the country at large. Strange to say, however, I haven't seen a lot of op-eds demanding that the military change its recruiting practices and practice what amounts to affirmative action on behalf of liberals.

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"59 percent identify as Democrats versus only 13 percent as Republicans"

Duh! When you have a disdain for higher education why would you peruse a career in higher education

Must be someone else fault, you know, the libruullzz and all that.

#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2017-07-13 11:55 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Mission Accomplished

-fox news

#2 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-07-13 01:16 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

I like what he said. When facts are the enemy, what did you expect to happen in academic circles?

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-07-13 01:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Professors are supposed to get their degrees and jobs because they are able to give the correct answer to difficult problems. An outcome that depends heavily on advanced math skills. Krugman, of course, belongs to the vast majority of economists that never saw the 2008 crisis coming, like almost everyone that works at the Fed and Treasury. This failure is largely a result of blind faith in markets being self correcting, failing to account for criminality among the .01% and failing to account for individual debt burdens. All factors which Fed and treasury models completely ignore.

The notion that staff should be half conservative and half liberal is absurd. The correct answer matters more, unless you're part of the thriving 0.01%. Then only your self serving reality matters. Conservatives and their sociopathic sponsors want it all and, God Damn it, if that means stacking economics departments with more Conservative economists then it must be done.

However, the problem is not directly associated with Conservative or Liberal theology, though liberals like Keen and Hudson use better models than those that hold power. The models need to correlate to reality in order to be credible and predict successfully. We'e gone to the moon and back, but we are still in the dark when it comes to generating policy which promotes the general welfare. That's because the .01% like it that way.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-07-13 03:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The notion that staff should be half conservative and half liberal is absurd. The correct answer matters more, unless you're part of the thriving 0.01%. Then only your self serving reality matters. Conservatives and their sociopathic sponsors want it all and, God Damn it, if that means stacking economics departments with more Conservative economists then it must be done.

#4 | Posted by bayviking

But the libs only want half? WOW!!!!

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-07-13 04:29 PM | Reply

Why should schools diversify and falsely hire more conservatives? Screw that, let social Darwinism kill off the disease of conservatism once and for all.

#6 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-07-13 05:52 PM | Reply

Principal Skinner

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-13 11:01 PM | Reply

But the libs only want half? WOW!!!!

#5 | POSTED BY SNIPER

You're making less sense than usual, snippy.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2017-07-14 12:34 AM | Reply

Sniper, how many liberals should be in the military?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-14 12:38 AM | Reply

for sniper and the other third graders: "universities should examine their implicit biases, make an effort to hire more conservative faculty"

Just because Conservatives are whining that they are in a minority in institutions of higher education is no reason to increase their representation. These institutions need competent people that can find the right answers to difficult questions. Get it now?

#10 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-07-14 01:30 AM | Reply

I have an educational outreach plan, but nobody seems to want to listen to it.

Plan A: Mandatory public service for two years after high school. Names drawn by lottery to serve in a variety of roles: forest service, conservation corps, EPA, building highways, peace corps, FEMA, etc... only a military stint would be voluntary. For every year of public service, the federal government pays for a year of college. If you want, you can stay on for 4 or 5 years and get a full college education. Even if you choose not to exercise your educational benefit, you've potentially received training in a trade you find you enjoy.

Plan B: Free college education (or certificate of mastery in a trade), but only for certain fields, and the cost of that education is controlled like taxi rates to LaGuardia. Engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, veterinary, pharmacy, agriculture, geology, etc. that would be considered the 'hard sciences' (I will also accede to people who want to become teachers). Likewise, if you chose instead to apprentice and get a certificate as a welder, electrician, plumber, HVAC, etc. that would be find as well. BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAJOR in 'soft sciences', liberal arts or humanities, like history or philosophy or 'womens studies' or writing or dance, you're paying for that ---- yourself.

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2017-07-14 07:58 AM | Reply

"Names drawn by lottery to serve in a variety of roles: forest service, conservation corps, EPA, building highways, peace corps, FEMA, etc... only a military stint would be voluntary"

I support most of your idea, but military service should not just be voluntary. We need to draft sons and daughters of the rich and powerful along with the volunteers who mostly come from the poor and powerless so that the rich and powerful stop taking us to war in places like Vietnam and Iraq. If Dick Cheney's parents, if George Bush's parents had to watch them march off to Vietnam we would have come home much sooner.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-14 08:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAJOR in 'soft sciences', liberal arts or humanities, like history or philosophy or 'womens studies' or writing or dance, you're paying for that ---- yourself."

Yeah, cuz America doesn't need historians. Doesn't need history teachers. Doesn't need humanities. The society you want to build isn't one I want to live in. I will give you one thing though, "womens' studies" is a bit of a stretch. IT should be incorporated into history. But we, as a society, NEED, history and history teachers. If you look at what is going on in our country today, with oligarchs exercising immense power you will then recognize that we have not educated our people well enough in history.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-14 08:24 AM | Reply

"BUT IF YOU WANT TO MAJOR in 'soft sciences', liberal arts or humanities, like history or philosophy or 'womens studies' or writing or dance, you're paying for that ---- yourself."

So you want your tax dollars spent one way, and you don't want others to have that same right. It that about it?

#14 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-07-14 08:27 AM | Reply

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