@DaveRubin and the rest of the community:
I have noticed how we talk about the lack of conservative or libertarian professors in the Humanities and think I see a fallacy we may be committing. I purport this is a fallacy we recognize committed by the radical left but for which we may have a blind spot on the right. The image looks like this: radical left progressives antagonize conservative speakers on college campuses to the point of assault and destruction of property, and meanwhile there is a dearth of conservatives in positions of authority in the Humanities. Therefore the reason for the dearth of conservative professors in the Humanities is anti-conservative discrimination. The presupposition there is that conservatives and progressives would be distributed equally among the faculties in the Humanities if not for discrimination. One could suppose this if it were true that conservatives and progressives applied equally for faculty positions in the Humanities, but why should one suppose this? Conservatives and progressives do not conduct themselves equally outside of the Humanities--they do not pursue the same interests, generally speaking--so why should we expect the Humanities to have an equal number of these applicants? My assertion is we cannot necessarily conclude from the disparity that genuine discrimination against conservatives in the Humanities is taking place. There are other factors that account for that disparity that have nothing to do with discrimination. We ought not to fall victim to the same fallacy which befalls the radical left.
A big welcome to all the new folks who joined the community today! (And yes I’ll be signing those cards and mailing them out to you ASAP!)
While we do plenty of politics and culture around here it’s also a lot of pet and food pics. And since we have so many new members today it seems like a good time to start a pet pic thread. Here’s Clyde...now everyone introduce your furry friends!