Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Looking in the mirror, darkly 

Young Nathanael Blake is amused by leftists who worry for the success of conservative student groups.
University liberals are chagrined to have found themselves the Galactic Empire battling against the Rebel Alliance. Campuses are saturated with the extreme blue end of the political spectrum, and the massive imbalance in the officially sanctioned views on universities creates an opening conservatives have exploited. We get to be the edgy, countercultural iconoclasts fighting The Man, which, in the words of the great William F. Buckley, Jr. "leaves us just about the hottest thing in town."

For every right-wing speaker brought to a campus, dozens or even hundreds of left-wing diatribes are delivered during lectures. Subjected to such an assault, outspoken conservative students quickly join forces and become hardened veterans of political warfare. In contrast, liberal students, who can go years without having their views challenged by a professor, become intellectually flabby; their dominance breeds complacency. When a school spends tens of thousands of dollars a year on a Queer Pride Center, how much is really left for student radicals to do?

Seriously. Take a look at our university's home page. What's being advertised?
Not a Buckley in the bunch. And they worry about the appearance of conservative student groups? Why?