Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Viewpoint diversity? Unlikely 

Also in the WSJ (and I link here to the FreeRepublic posting) is an article by a faculty member and a student at Northwestern on -- how does she say this? -- "overrepresentation" of Democrats in law school faculty. They note that "Georgetown law professors have donated approximately $180,000 to the Democratic Party, $2,000 to the GOP and $1,500 to the Green party." And most conservative on the law school campus are concentrated in --surprise! -- the faculty who teach the economics of the law.
When law schools make no progress (and no discernible effort) in correcting the patent absence of diversity in viewpoints, it is fair to assume that their true goal is racial patterning, not educational diversity. ...

[U]niversities might argue that preferences are needed to make up for egregious past discrimination. That provides a principled rationale for extending preferences to African-Americans and Native Americans while not taking effective action to remedy the gross viewpoint disparities on faculties. In the event the Supreme Court rejects that rationale, private universities could encourage Congress to allow them to engage in race-based affirmative action on the grounds that private institutions should enjoy freedom to admit whom they choose. But by pursuing the diversity rationale, universities have sacrificed their higher calling to truth. Instead, they have become just another political faction, all too willing to dissemble.