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 Political bias in universities? Who would have thought?

27.02.20 Mike Burgess, who took over ASIO last year, warned: “There are more foreign intelligence officers and their proxies operating in Australia now than at the height of the cold war, and many of them have the requisite level of capability, the intent and the persistence to cause significant harm to our national security.” He said the “sleeper” agent “lay dormant for many years, quietly building community and business links, all the while secretly maintaining contact with his offshore handlers. “We’ve seen visiting scientists and academics ingratiating themselves into university life with the aim of conducting clandestine intelligence collection. This strikes at the very heart of our notions of free and fair academic exchange. Given that many of these spies come from communist countries it is likely they would influence our academics to the left. Which suggests that Walter E. Williams discussion about academia in the US applies fully here:A recent Pew Research Center survey finds that only half of American adults think colleges and universities are having a positive effect on our nation. The leftward political bias, held by faculty members affiliated with the Democratic Party, at most institutions of higher education explains a lot of that disappointment. Professors Mitchell Langbert and Sean Stevens document this bias in “Partisan Registration and Contributions of Faculty in Flagship Colleges.”
Langbert and Stevens conducted a new study of the political affiliation of 12,372 professors in the two leading private and two leading public colleges in 31 states. For party registration, they found a Democratic to Republican (D:R) ratio of 8.5:1, which varied by rank of institution and region. For donations to political candidates (using the Federal Election Commission database), they found a D:R ratio of 95:1, with only 22 Republican donors, compared with 2,081 Democratic donors.
Several consistent findings have emerged from Langbert and Stevens’ study. The ratio of faculty who identify as or are registered as Democratic versus Republican almost always favors the Democratic Party. Democratic professors outnumber their Republican counterparts most in the humanities and social sciences, compared with the natural sciences and engineering. The ratio is 42:1 in anthropology, 27:1 in sociology and 27:1 in English. In the social sciences, Democratic registered faculty outnumber their Republican counterparts the least in economics 3:1. The partisan political slant is most extreme at the most highly rated institutions.
The leftist bias at our colleges and universities has many harmful effects. Let’s look at a few. At University of California, Davis, last month, a mathematics professor faced considerable backlash over her opposition to the requirement for faculty “diversity statements.” University of California, San Diego, requires job applicants to admit to the “barriers” preventing women and minorities from full participation in campus life. At American University, a history professor recently wrote a book in which he advocates repealing the Second Amendment. A Rutgers University professor said, “Watching the Iowa Caucus is a sickening display of the over-representation of whiteness.” University of California, Berkeley, professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich chimed in to say: “Think about this: Iowa is 90.7% white. Iowa is now the only state with a lifetime voting ban for people with a felony conviction. Black people make up 4% of Iowa’s population but 26% of the prison population. How is this representative of our electorate?” A Williams College professor said he would advocate for social justice to be included in math textbooks. Students at Wayne State University no longer have to take a single math course to graduate; however, they may soon be required to take a diversity course.
Then there’s a question about loyalty to our nation. Charles Lieber, former chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard, was arrested earlier this year on accusations that he made a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement about work he did for a program run by the Chinese government that seeks to lure American talent to China. He was paid $50,000 a month and up to $158,000 in living expenses for his work, which involved cultivating young teachers and students, according to court documents. According to the Department of Justice, Lieber helped China “cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security.”
It’s not just Harvard professors. Newly found court records reveal that Emory University neuroscientist Li Xiao-Jiang was fired in late 2019 after being charged with lying about his own ties to China. Li was part of the same Chinese program as Lieber. A jury found a University of California, Los Angeles, professor guilty of exporting stolen U.S. military technology to China. Newsweek reported that he was convicted June 26 on 18 federal charges. Meanwhile, NBC reported that federal prosecutors say that University of Texas professor Bo Mao attempted to steal U.S. technology by using his position as a professor to obtain access to protected circuitry and then handing it over to the Chinese telecommunications giant, Huawei.
The true tragedy is that so many Americans are blind to the fact that today’s colleges and universities pose a threat on several fronts to the well-being of our nation.
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  • Finn 27/02/2020, 6:44 am

    University…. as a boy in the 1960’s …. University was the golden goal. Oh dear God how I wanted to be a university student! Well it was great. I don’t recall much except girls, exams, girls and a great measure of freedom of thought. And girls. Some guys were more interested in politics …. umm off to the rugby. Well somehow I muddled through.

    I think I’d find it very tough today.

  • Cliff 27/02/2020, 7:17 am

    ‘Clandestine’ is not the word that immediately comes to mind for me to describe 99.9% of those making up Australian university faculties when describing their political leanings.

    Where is there room in these institutions for ‘sleeper agents’ who hide their total allegiance to all things Left?

  • Peter W 27/02/2020, 11:29 am

    Not just “universities”

    Dropped into a cafe for a flat white and picked up today’s Sydney Morning Herald that claims “Independent – As Always”

    The letters to the editor were totally passive/aggressive praising the PM on his Coronavirus stance and ending with references to the bush fires and his holiday. Must have been about 20 articles. I read most out quietly to my missus, for others to hear….

    Independent?? The Editor obviously selected those for publishing.

    What an effing rag that paper is!

  • Mercy 27/02/2020, 1:01 pm

    My recommendation to the young people I know is NOT to do subjects like women’s studies, queer theory, etc in an arts degree. Sad thing is that left wing ideology is now corrupting medicine, science, and law in a way and at a speed I never imagined. Tragic!

    • Peter W 27/02/2020, 4:09 pm

      I bet the Asian students are not accepting that rubbish!!

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