I saw this article in the LA Times online. It seems a frustrated alumnus from UCLA (Andrew Jones, a former president of the campus Republicans) has set up a black list of professors he deems too leftist.
If you read the profiles he puts up, you'll see that many of his complaints about these professors revolve around the subjects they study as much as what they say about those subjects. What's more, he also complains about activities and writings they have outside their classrooms or scholarly work (such as signing petitions etc). This leads me to believe that his concern is more about enforcing his own views and squelching dissent generally than about encouraging conservative students to speak openly in class.
I'd write this guy off as a harmless crank except for four things. First, he's gotten a lot of money to set up this organization. Second, this is exactly the kind of thing Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed were doing when they were his age - so I see this as the political version of a serial killer who pulled the wings off flies when he was a kid. Third, what if someone at NSA or the FBI or the White House shows some initiative and uses a list like this to start a warrantless wire tap? Fourth, the LA Times put this guy on the front page and its headline makes it sound like he represents a large and influential group of alumni.
To be honest, black lists like these are part of the reason I have chosen to participate in this blog using a pseudonym. I'm concerned that my exercising my right to express myself politically will make me a target of right wing groups like this one.
That said the main reason I'm using a pseudonym is that I don't want there to be any doubt at all about what I consider to be my scholarly work and what I consider to be more or less idle windbaggery.
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 8:44 AM