Book of the Month
Exiled: Stories from Conservative and Moderate Professors Who Have Been Ridiculed, Ostracized, Marginalized, Demonized, and Frozen Out, Edited by Mary Grabar, Ph.D., Dissident Prof Press, 2013, $12.00.
Professors who do not promote the liberal agenda prevalent on many college campuses face discrimination from educators and administrators who seem to be tolerant of most everything, except individuality. In Exiled Mary Grabar presents seven professors, herself included, who have been “exiled” from higher education to varying degrees. Some of them are currently employed, some are perpetual adjuncts, and some are looking for work. All have been discriminated against because they espouse ideas that vary from the prevailing leftist agenda.
Exiled contributor M. D. Allen says the proliferation of radical thought on campus is “the result of a decades-long power-grab on the part of the academic Left.” Prof. Allen relates chilling tales of attacks on his free speech rights, both spontaneous and orchestrated. He says, “There are so few conservatives teaching in higher education first because they are relentlessly kept out and secondly because if by a miracle one does get tenure he is treated like dirt.”
Professor Martin Slann admits he was a lifelong Democrat, until after the 2000 election when he realized he had become a “raving moderate.” Slann was alarmed by the party’s move to the left. His conviction that “there is no hope of ever making Islam and Sharia [law] compatible with political democracy” continues to ruffle feathers at the University of Texas. Although Slann is “socially exiled” on campus and at conferences, he is sustained by having the opportunity to teach hundreds of students a year what he believes to be the truth.
Pointing to diversity as “a kind of idol at the modern university,” Prof. Paul Kengor says what is often missing on campus is “intellectual diversity.” He claims it’s not necessarily that professors are Marxists, but that they are repulsed by anti-communists. This results in students who aren’t taught about the evils of communism, both ideologically and historically.
The ratio of conservative and moderate professors to liberal professors is changing quickly. Less radical professors are retiring and even somewhat conservative hopefuls are not being granted interviews. Those in charge of hiring review a candidate’s CV, see that the candidate’s dissertation does not cover the preferred subject matter, and the candidate is rejected. Most new hires adhere to a radical agenda. The progressive stranglehold and lack of intellectual balance on campus is anathema to well-educated graduates.