87% of Faculty at Elite Colleges Are Liberal, and UC Faculty Are Worried About Milton Friedman?
Now wait a minute. First of all, Milton Friedman's political philosophy could be more accurately described as libertarian, and not conservative. Exhibits A and B: Friedman supported legalization (or decriminalization) of both prostitution and drugs, and both positions are associated much more with liberals and Democrats, than with conservatives and Republicans.
Secondly, college faculty are worried that a "conservative" center on a college campus would reinforce a perception that university faculty lack intellectual and ideological diversity? "Give me a Stossel!"
By their own description, 72% of those teaching at American universities and colleges are liberal and 15% are conservative. (In comparison, only 39% of college faculty identified themselves as liberal in 1984.) The current disparity is even more pronounced at the most elite schools, where 87% of faculty are liberal and 13% are conservative (that's almost a 7:1 ratio), according to a study cited in the Washington Post.
And faculty have the nerve to object to a Friedman Center because they're worried about intellectual diversity? Where's their concern about underrepresented ideologies?