Comments: YCT Publishes Blacklist

But you missed the best part(s), Byron. First, Austin Kinghorn seemed to admit in the Texan today that the list had no real purpose --

"The group insists the list is not intended to advocate retaliation against the professors or to demand changes in the teaching styles of the professors."

-- which leaves "shooting themselves in the foot" as the only rationale for YCT to do this (which further validates my hypothesis that...

(close your eyes, kids)

... the YCT is just one big circle-jerk.

Even better, however, is the quote from the Liberal Arts Dean. While the story he tells sounds too good to be true, here's what he says --

"Lariviere said some concerned professors had approached him about the list.

'I had a couple of professors worried that they wouldn't be on it,' he said."

So being on this list is actually a BADGE OF HONOR to some professors, which I think says more about YCT's imbecility than accusations of academic bias (which usually do get taken seriously).

And then of course the admission that very few students seemed to care about this...

Posted by Jim D at October 31, 2003 07:54 PM

They put Dr. Thomas Garza on their list? I took one of his classes. He teaches Russian folklore and Vampirism (how can you be liberally biased on vampirism?)...YCT is just about the most retarded organization on campus for doing that.

Posted by David G at October 31, 2003 08:19 PM

Jensen is a real prick, however.

Posted by Blue at October 31, 2003 08:48 PM

the token conservative on the list

Be honest, Byron. Thus 10% of the list consists of conservatives, right? Can you honestly say that more than 10% of the UT faculty is conservative? Not a "closet conservative", as many need to be to keep their jobs, but an overtly conservative professor, whose ideological views are so strident as to deserve inclusion?

I would imagine that at 10%, conservatives are over-represented.

Jensen is a real prick, however.

Jensen is a real America-hating prick.

Posted by Mark Harden at November 1, 2003 08:18 AM

I'm ABD in Government at UT. I can think of only one or two professors who aren't straight-ticket D voters. The partisanship was really apparent at the election-night party in 2000 (I think it might have been at Clem Henry's house, come to think of it.)

Posted by Blue at November 1, 2003 01:37 PM

I am SHOCKED, I tell you, SHOCKED that the Young Conservatives of Texas are biased against liberal professors.

This is a travesty... What next? Bias in the ACLU? :)

Posted by Owen Courrèges at November 1, 2003 09:31 PM

Campus is under the thrall of "liberals," [yawn] at least according to people who don't even know what the word means.

The gossip on campus is that a number of liberal arts professors spoke with Dean (Lariviere?), worried that THEY WERE GOING TO BE LEFT OFF THE LIST. Yeah, running scared. Thanks, YCT.

Actually, I don't think this ploy is intended for the campus crowd, it's aimed squarely at the Trailer Park. That way, anything coming out of academia that threatens useful superstitions can be dismissed as "bias," which is the closest thing to an argument I've heard out of the right for some time. On campus, meanwhile, this stunt provides a great opportunity to talk about the drawbacks of ideology.

At least, that's how I always used it.

Posted by Grand Moff Texan at November 3, 2003 08:13 AM

cleaver ain't no liberal.

Posted by N at January 8, 2004 09:39 PM
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