Show Them The Money!
And then threaten to take it away.
Last Saturday, we discussed the proposed Academic Bill of Rights on the Northern Alliance Radio Network with State Senator Michele Bachmann. Saint Paul and I expressed reservations about the ABoR and questioned whether it was the proper response to the very real problem of conservatives being treated unfairly in academic settings because of their political views.
Today, King Banaian of St. Cloud State Scholars weighs in:
I understand conservative anger at campuses, but use of the law to get a good policy put in place is wrong. Conservative faculty need to think hard about how to get these protections for students put in place.
If we don't do it, it's going to be done to us. It is our job to police ourselves. It's not the government's job. But you don't have to be a libertarian to realize that government seeks to expand its influence when it's given half a reason to.
Meanwhile, government, if you want to stop this stupidity on campus, there's a much better idea than passing academic bills of rights. To paraphrase Eddie Murphy from Trading Places, if you really want to get universities' attention, take their money away.