Wednesday, February 16, 2005

How to Hide Your Conservativism in Academia, Lesson #1: Don't Criticize Socialism

This is the first post in a series that I plan to do on how to hide your conservativism in higher education.

The first thing you have to know is that you absolutely cannot criticize socialism. Criticizing socialism is a sure tip off to your liberal colleagues that you're a conservative. This means that you're going to have to stay cool in situtations like the one that happened to me today.

I was working in my office when one of my ultra-liberal colleagues came into my office and began ranting about the evils of capitalism (again). It was one of those times where I had to bite my tongue, until it almost bled. He went on and on . . . and on and on . . . about how capitalism produces economic and social injustices. Blah, blah, blah. I just wanted to say to him "Look, man . . . Communism doesn't work. You guys had a good run. Give it up all ready." But, of course, I had to hold my tongue to hide the fact that I'm conservative and in favor of capitalism because it could hurt my career. This guy has a say in whether or not my one year appointment gets renewed. If there was true academic freedom in the university, then I'd be able to voice my views without fear of unjustified reprisals. But, the atmosphere is controlled and dominated by liberals who will waste no time ruining your life simply because you hold a view that is different from the one they hold. It doesn't even matter that reason and history are on your side when it comes to criticizing socialism in higher education. To the liberals it is like beating a baby seal right in front of them. It's just disturbing how blinded by ideology they are. It's like they are all in a cult. I get the impression that the only way these people would see the light of day when it comes to capitalism is if Wal-Mart started offering abortions.

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