Thursday, March 31, 2005

Terry Schiavo

I just learned that Terry Schiavo has passed away. No doubt a very said day. And, it promises to only get more sad as no doubt the politicalization of "the Terry Schiavo case" is just beginning.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Republican Split over Schiavo?

Well, I've been watching the news most of the day as I've been working on a paper for a conference, and I have to say it doesn't look good. Looks like the battle over Terry Schiavo is causing a rift between conservatives. I'm a thoroughgoing federalist, which means that I'm in favor of a limited government. And, the Federal government's intervention into the life of a single individual, when there is reason to believe that person did not want to live in this condition, is a serious overstepping into what should be a state issue. The outcome is of course horrible, morally speaking. But, just because federalism doesn't always give us the outcome we want doesn't mean that we abandon it as a core principle.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The Schiavo Case

Well, I haven't had a chance to posts in a while as I have been very busy working on papers, grading, and taking care of my annual evaluation. But, the case of Terry Schiavo demands an all too brief post. It is a travesty that none of the judges involved have been able to order the re-insertion of the feeding tube, at least until the questions surrounding her condition can be resolved. It is imperative to protect the sanctity of life and if the courts cannot do it then it is a serious tragedy for our legal system.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lazy Liberal Academics

Of all my colleagues, I'm the only one that puts in a full day at the office. The rest of my colleagues come in for the classes and office hours and leave campus as fast as they can. I suppose it is possible that they could be working at home. But, it isn't clear to me that they are. In fact, I pretty sure most of them aren't. Many of my colleagues are older, their careers are coming to a close. So, I don't fault them too much for not putting in a full day at the office. But, a good portion of my liberal colleagues have a lazy attitude towards work. They're free-riders. They live off the fat of the state, who pays their salaries. But, they typically don't contribute back to the common good the amount from it that they take.

New Conservative Philosophy Blog

There is a new conservative philosophy blog, Right Reason. It is a group blog and, according to this, positing will start up tomorrow. There is some overlap in membership between Right Reason and The Conservative Philosopher. I like the look of the former better than the latter. We'll all have to wait and see what the quality of the posts are like.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

How to Hide Your Conservativism in Academia, Lesson #4: Criticize Fox News

While it may be the case that academia and the media tilt to the Left, it is also true that Fox News tilts to the Right. Even press officers in the military seem to think Fox News plays to the Right (see the documentary Control Room). There is a detectable amount of conservative leaning commentary and editorializing on the shows on that channel. If you actually think it is “objective news” then – I hate to break it to you – you’re suffering from self-deception. Most of the liberal academics I know just presume that most conservatives think what they hear on Fox News is objective or neutral. So, if you criticize Fox News for its rightward lean your colleagues will think you’re a liberal. This is one of those things I can do without feeling like a hypocrite to fit in with liberal academics.

Monday, February 28, 2005

David Horowitz has No Fans in my Department, Except One

David Horowitz is the major target of criticism amongst my colleagues. A liberal turned conservative, Horowitz is the author of the "Academic Bill of Rights," which has caused so much controversy. (See here for one of the latest episodes.) My colleagues constantly bad mouth this guy. Their contempt for him knows no bounds. Most of the criticisms, at least lately, of conservativism by my colleagues is directed against Horowitz. But, he has done the most to expose liberal bias in higher education. But my colleagues can't stand having the mirror held up to their faces. Naturally enough, they don't like to admit that they're in the wrong. We need more people like Horowitz on the outside of academia, but who keep a close watch on it. A society needs a few watchdog to keep a look out for areas where we experience what Allan Bloom called "the closing of the American mind."

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Departmental Banter

We had a departmental meeting on Friday. The usual issues were discussed (e.g. the budget, possible lines for new hires, adding new classes to the catalogue, etc.). And, as usual, some derogatory remarks were made about conservatives. My colleagues use the term "conservative" as if it was synonymous with stupid. Whenever somebody makes a silly little mistake they'll say something like "What are you, a conservative?" and other stupid stuff like that.

It is infuriating not only because it is entirely hypocritical of them, but because it isn't even funny. It is simply outrageous that a group of people be singled out as stupid and ignorant because of their political views. What would they say if we replaced "conservative" with "black" in the pathetic little jab mentioned above? They'd throw a fit! I shouldn't have to put up with this kind of thing! I should just apply for jobs at a conservative think tank. They're so hypocritical, and they don't even see it. These are people who walk around talking about how "the unexamined life is not worth living." I think it is about time they start examining their own lives! Ugh! It is just disgusting. I'm going to end up as one of those professors that never leaves the office door open. At least that way I don't have to hear this crap as often. They just walk around the department degrading conservatives whenever the opportunity presents itself.