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Republicans in Colorado are preparing an “Academic Bill of Rights”, that basically boils down to forcing a quota of political conservatives on the faculty of the state colleges. There have been plenty of very insightful comments by critics of the plan, notably observations that this is affirmative action for conservatives, and that the reason that conservatives are “under represented” (if they are, there is no statistical evidence that this is true) is because Republicans want to work in private industry, not in lower paying public service jobs. I lived in Denver for several years, and I would argue that at least in terms of invited speakers conservatives certainly have nothing to complain about in Colorado. I couldn’t speak to faculty political affiliations as I wasn’t that closely involved with the schools. Even if it’s true that conservatives are not present in numbers proportional to their percentage of the population, isn’t it a bit hypocritical to be demanding quotas when the ending of affirmative action is one of their primary tenets?

Posted by rev_matt_y at September 8, 2003 5:01 PM