The Atlantic by Megan McArdle addressing the views of the liberals of academia brought a great deal of reaction from... you guessed it... liberals.
The liberals in question expressed their collective indignation that it could be suggested that our institutions of higher learning would be biased in a prejudicial way. Any discrepancies in the numbers had to be a result of qualifications, where the institutions in question will of course preferentially select the best applicants. This defense seems odd, coming from a group of people who frequently point to statistical under-representation as de facto evidence of discrimination. Typically they would note that though the discrimination they allude to might not be overt, it was there none the less.
Thus, Ms. McArdle was treated to a deluge of e-mail responces, offering the following familiar refrains:
* Smart people are almost always liberal.
* Curiousity and interest in ideas is a liberal trait.
* Conservatives are too rigid and authoritarian to maintain the open mind required of a professor.
* Education erases false conservative ideas and turns people into liberals.
* Conservatives don't want to be professors because they're more interested in something else (money, the military).
* Conservatives don't want to be professors because they're anti-intellectual.
* Conservatives hold false beliefs that make them ineligible to be professors.
Hmmm. I love that one "Education erases false conservative ideas and turns people into liberals." So sublimely complacent.
Her follow-up article What Does Bias Look Like was equally good. Both articles were well written and well argued, well worth the read.
With a major tip of the hat to Stacy McCain.