anti-political-correctness correctnessAlways remember the new principle we learned about today: If 213 people are on one side of an issue, and 203 are on another side...
That's clear proof of the existence of a monoculture.
The faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard voted today to express their lack of confidence in the leadership of university president Lawrence Summers:
"Voting by secret ballot in a Faculty meeting at the Loeb Drama Center, 218 professors voted for the lack of confidence motion, 185 voted against it, and 18 abstained."
Shortly after taking that vote, the faculty voted to mildly censure Summers for his much-discussed remarks on women and science, as well as for other aspects of his management style:
"Two hundred fifty-three professors voted for that motion, which was submitted by Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology Theda Skocpol. One hundred thirty-seven professors voted against the motion, and 18 abstained."
In both instances -- but particularly in the first -- the faculty were divided, and many professors declined to cast votes formally criticizing or rebuking the president of their university.
And so, predictably, the take-away lesson has already begun to appear on the web: The academic monoculture, steeped in moronic leftist political correctness, has attacked brave Larry Summers, proving its lockstep stupidity:
"Harvard continues to discredit itself with the American public. The faculty is trapped. If Summers resigns, this extraordinary example of political correctness will come back to haunt Harvard, and the entire academy, for years."
Folks, what do you make of the 185 professors who declined to support a no-confidence declaration against Summers? Or the 137 who declined to vote for a mild censure? Or the 18 who declined to vote on either measure?
It's truly amazing how much some (apparently not-terribly-bright*) people will work to manufacture a false vision of an academic monoculture. Call me a cultural Marxist, I guess, because I still think -- even though it's obviously so left-wing of me -- that facts matter.
Get it straight: Nearly half of the Harvard Arts and Sciences faculty chose, today, to not support a no-confidence measure against Lawrence Summers; 218 voted for a declaration of no-confidence, while 203, in one form or another, did not. Say that to yourself again and again, out loud, until you figure out what it means.
(*Wrote this while feeling unkind -- my apologies for being an asshole.)
Take a moment to look at this op-ed piece in the Harvard Crimson, especially the opening paragraph:
"Let’s be clear about one thing: 218 Faculty of Arts and Sciences professors (out of 690) secretly voted lack-of-confidence in Larry Summers because they think he’s a schmuck."
The College of Arts and Sciences is one of Harvard's nine schools. The faculties of eight colleges have not cast no-confidence votes or otherwise formally attacked Larry Summers. At the College of Arts and Sciences, 218 out of 690 faculty members have cast a no-confidence vote. So as I read it, the numbers for the FAS vote are: 218 approved the no-confidence measure; 185 voted against; 18 abstained; and 269 didn't bother to attend the meeting where the vote was taken.
Academic monoculture! Academic monoculture! They're like robots in lockstep! (Let's publish a blog and call it Powerline!)