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UNLV Professor: Republican Too Stupid To Teach
Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 3-23-04 | editorial

Posted on 03/23/2004 7:40:59 AM PST by Nevadan

EDITORIAL: Too stupid to teach?

UNLV professor says Republican Party now a haven of slope-browed troglodytes

Back in 2002, a survey by the American Enterprise Institute found America's colleges and universities to be a virtually monochrome refuge of the political left. More than 80 percent of most schools' employees were found to be registered Democrats, despite the almost even split between registered Republicans and Democrats among the public at large.

The AEI report found one consequence of this lack of diversity was that conservative thinkers tend to be isolated and intimidated on American campuses, with the predictable result that they do not fare as well when it comes time to seek tenure.

Thus it was hardly a surprise when two UNLV student groups -- Students for Academic Freedom and the UNLV College Libertarians -- released a report March 12 revealing that the faculty in a number of UNLV departments are more liberal than those at Berkeley.

Authors of the study selected professors from seven UNLV departments: civil engineering, economics, English, history, philosophy, political science and sociology. And the students found no registered Republicans at all in some departments, including history, economics and sociology.

When asked why so few Republicans seem to inhabit the academic environment, Ted Jelen, a UNLV professor of political science, told CityLife: "Liberals are smarter."

"I'm quite serious," Mr. Jelen said. "The Republican Party has taken some outrageous positions on issues like abortion and free speech, and has in effect priced itself out of the intellectual market."

Yes, it's a natural part of human nature to suspect those who haven't adopted our own political philosophy are simply too slow-witted to grasp our arguments.

But consider for a moment how successful the free market has proven in generating wealth, technological progress and high standards of living in the Western world over the past 500 years, and how miserably the competing doctrine of socialism worked out in Eastern Europe in the 20th century. Given that reality, the burden is surely on those who still cling to the failed doctrine of mandatory redistribution to prove they're not either intellectually impaired or excessively buffered from the realities of a world where the "needs" of the mendicant class can never be met, no matter how much income of the productive class is seized and thrown into the statist wood-chipper.

And when it comes to "free speech," Mr. Jelen surely knows most of the cases investigated and litigated these days by the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) involve conservative professors or students running afoul of the new "speech codes" erected by the forces of "political correctness" on the left.

No one is yet proposing the "affirmative action" hiring of conservatives, constitutionalists, free marketers and libertarians at UNLV, in search of some arbitrary target of "equity" ... though the prospect would be delicious, in its way.

For if the imbalance stood the other way, does anyone doubt that's precisely the kind of remedy good liberals such as professor Jelen would be demanding?


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1 posted on 03/23/2004 7:40:59 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: Nevadan
More reasons you don't see Republicans on campus is a) you can get better pay in the real world and b) if you let your political affialiation be known, you will be labled as "antagonstic" and they will invent a reason to fire you before you reach tenure.
2 posted on 03/23/2004 7:48:01 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn't be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Nevadan
The truth is that liberals (leftists) live in a utopian dream world where they can withdraw from the reality of competition except on a very academic level. Leftist academics are blind to their own inadequacies and lack the will to even compete on an even academic playing field with conservatives, thus the enforcement of Orwellian speech control.
3 posted on 03/23/2004 7:50:27 AM PST by Eva
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To: Nevadan; endthematrix; familyop; SpookBrat; Domestic Church; Homeschoolmom; kuma
Ping
4 posted on 03/23/2004 7:50:33 AM PST by Calpernia (http://members.cox.net/classicweb/Heroes/heroes.htm)
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To: Eva
When the liberals teaching at colleges actually have to perform, have to teach any subject matter and prove that the students have learned it, then you will see more conservative instructors. Those conservatives who do volunteer will be the ones who taught me in college, retired business people. Left wing instructors of today are basicaly deadheads that could never make it in the free enterprise system, so they teach. It's a major problem, it takes the average graduating student several years before they figure out have been hoodwinked by left-wing philosophers in college and at exhorbitant prices.
6 posted on 03/23/2004 7:59:50 AM PST by keysguy
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To: Nevadan
You know, someone should do a similar study of Ph.D. and M.S. holders who work and do research for businesses, in other words, people who have daily contact with the "real world."

I'm sure that one would find a similar, if not quite so lopsided, skew to the right.
7 posted on 03/23/2004 7:59:59 AM PST by Constantine XIII
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To: Nevadan
There is a good reason that academicians invented tenure. Trying to remember what it is.
8 posted on 03/23/2004 8:00:38 AM PST by cynicom
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To: keysguy
The old saying, those who can do, those who can't teach, is more true today than ever. As I have said many times, the quality of public school education is inversely proportionate to the growth of the NEA.

I have an idea that does a kind of end around on the NEA. I propose a two tier structure of teachers, one a professional level, the other the union level. The professional level could draw from the pool of unemployed professionals in various fields as well as experienced teachers. They would be paid the same hourly rate as the union teachers, but they would work a regular work day and not have summers off, so their yearly pay would be quite good. The students would have the option of completing high school in less time, or taking extra studies in the arts or sciences.
9 posted on 03/23/2004 8:07:32 AM PST by Eva
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To: Nevadan
Another political comment from the land of Upsidaisium
10 posted on 03/23/2004 8:07:34 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Nevadan
It makes sense that someone like this would be able to find employment only on the government payroll.
11 posted on 03/23/2004 8:07:42 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Nevadan
***slope-browed troglodytes ***

Hey, I resemble that remark!
12 posted on 03/23/2004 8:07:59 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (DEMS STILL LIE like yellow dogs.)
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To: Nevadan
And of course everyone knows UNLV is a bastion of cutting edge intellectual activity (sarcasm "off"!)
13 posted on 03/23/2004 8:08:34 AM PST by Reo
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To: Nevadan
Ted's obviously the sharpest knife in the drawer:

More at http://www.unlv.edu/Colleges/Liberal_Arts/Political_Science/jelen.html including Contact Professor Jelen

14 posted on 03/23/2004 8:09:32 AM PST by RippleFire
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To: Nevadan
"UNLV professor says Republican Party now a haven of slope-browed troglodytes"

And the people in the real world agree that UNLV professors are too stupid to breed but that doesn't seem to matter. The proliferation of inbreeding among liberal academics has given rise the proposition that just because you have an advanced degree doesn't mean they're smart but rather the fact they pissed away all that money and can't get a real job.

15 posted on 03/23/2004 8:14:48 AM PST by SERE_DOC ("9 out of the 10 voices in my head told me to go home & clean my weapons!")
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To: Nevadan
Another reason could be related to my tagline; too many people w/very high IQs (presumably professors here) have almost no common sense. Lefties generally use twisted logic whereas common sense would steer them otherwise; they don't typically have much common sense!
16 posted on 03/23/2004 8:15:27 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common Sense is an Uncommon Virtue)
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To: Nevadan
""Liberals are smarter." "

I’m sure it wouldn’t take a rocket scientist or a million dollars to do a study comparing IQ and voter registration to disprove this.

17 posted on 03/23/2004 8:19:07 AM PST by elfman2
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To: Eva
Your idea is too well thought out makes too much sense and would probably work, therefore it will never fly in the world of unions first and teaching students way down the line that we currently live in.
18 posted on 03/23/2004 8:19:56 AM PST by keysguy
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To: RippleFire
"Ted G. Jelen earned his B.A. from Knox College in 1974, M.A. From Ohio State University in 1977; and Ph.D from Ohio State n 1979."

With Academic credentials like that,and a post at a school in Las Vegas,he shouldn't be calling anybody stupid.

19 posted on 03/23/2004 8:20:49 AM PST by Redcoat LI ("help to drive the left one into the insanity.")
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To: Nevadan
So I'm a member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy AND the Jimmy Castor Bunch?
20 posted on 03/23/2004 8:21:37 AM PST by P.O.E. (Enjoy every sandwich)
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To: Nevadan
My guess is that liberals love faculty politics. It's as close to the petty viciousness of pogroms and purges as they can get without having to have real guts.
21 posted on 03/23/2004 8:22:05 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: Nevadan
bump for later
22 posted on 03/23/2004 8:22:53 AM PST by Richard Kimball
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To: Nevadan
When asked why so few Republicans seem to inhabit the academic environment, Ted Jelen, a UNLV professor of political science, told CityLife: "Liberals are smarter."

Try Intellectually Lazy. Speaking as someone with a PhD, culling your environment to remove people you disagree with is not the act of someone interested in discussing and debating viewpoints. That, and who in their right mind would hire a Liberal Engineer?

23 posted on 03/23/2004 8:23:59 AM PST by HolgerDansk (Vikings: The Original Amphibious Warriors)
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To: Eva
Well said!
24 posted on 03/23/2004 8:24:02 AM PST by ServesURight (FReecerely Yours,)
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To: Nevadan

25 posted on 03/23/2004 8:25:02 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Nevadan
If they did use "affirmative action" to hire more conservative professors, all of their classrooms would be empty because they would expect their students to do actual WORK to earn their degrees.

I was disgusted in college. The handouts they give to the whiners is incredible. They would complain about the homework, ohhhhh, it was sooooo HAAAAARD. So the professor would go over it in class and not even bother to take it up for the grade he was supposed to give.
26 posted on 03/23/2004 8:26:15 AM PST by bearkat (Hey you!! Off my planet.)
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To: RightofRight
"One also has to consider sending your young child to college, knowing that they will be fed this kind of crap as part of the curriculum"

You are right about sending young children to college in today's academic environment. That's why I and most other parents will wait until their child is at least 17 or 18.

27 posted on 03/23/2004 8:26:49 AM PST by Hoof Hearted
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Stupid, eh?

Office: Department of Political Science
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Box 455029
4505 Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5029
702-895-3355 (phone)
702-895-1065 (fax)
E-Mail: jelent@unlv.nevada.edu
28 posted on 03/23/2004 8:26:59 AM PST by mhking (The UN was supposed to be the last, best hope for peace...it failed.)
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To: RippleFire
Is that him?!!! Dear Lord - he looks like one of the pig-people in that Twilight Zone episode about beauty in the eye of the beholder.

Sorry, that's so politically incorrect but can't help it.

29 posted on 03/23/2004 8:27:20 AM PST by Shethink13
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To: Nevadan
Not much of a suprise to me.

Here in the Quad-Cities area (IA/ILL.) during the last Presidential election, I stopped in at a local college to visit one of the IT people there. Right in the front lobby was a huge display with several tables chock full of campaign literature and manned by college students touting Al Gore and the democrat's local stooge, Lane Evans (D-uh). I thought I had stumbled into the local DNC headquarters by mistake. Glaringly absent was any sign, picture, piece of literature or mention of George W. Bush.

For an educational institution that supposedly prides itself on diversity, inclusiveness and alternative opinions, I found that to be most sickening.
30 posted on 03/23/2004 8:28:30 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (So you're a feminist - isn't that cute!)
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To: Nevadan
Thats amazing...for a bunch of trogladytes we are doing pretty good, Republicans hold more high end jobs than Democrats...but hey..I'm just a dumb Republican.
31 posted on 03/23/2004 8:30:16 AM PST by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: RippleFire
Did any other FReeper note this academic's oversize and red nose? Any correlation with the Clinton behavior patterns besides Liberalsim? :)
32 posted on 03/23/2004 8:33:47 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon liberty, it is essential to examine principles - -)
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To: Nevadan
As a college professor Jelen should know that an assertion that liberals are smarter must be backed by research to have any validity as a matter of science. He did not refer to any research backing his assertion which indicates that there is none. Hence his claim has no scientific validity. Why would Jelen make a statement of fact not backed by research unless he is less "smart" than his peers? Maybe Jelen represents the conservative branch of the UNLV Political Science Department except he is too dumb to realize it.
33 posted on 03/23/2004 8:39:57 AM PST by Poodlebrain
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To: RippleFire
Ted Jelen
Ted G. Jelen

Ted G. Jelen earned his B.A. from Knox College in 1974, M.A. From Ohio State University in 1977; and Ph.D from Ohio State n 1979.

Ted Jelen's main research interests are in Public Opinion, Religion and Politics, Feminism, and the Politics of Abortion. He is the former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and is a series editor for Georgetown University Press. He serves on the editorial boards of PS: Political Science and Politics; Journal of Media and Religion; Women and Politics, and Social Science Quarterly.

Professor Jelen has published over 100 articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books. His work has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Political Research Quarterly, and American Politics Quarterly. He has also written, coauthored, or edited 13 books, including Public Attitudes Toward Church and State, Between Two Absolutes: Public Opinion and the Politics of Abortion, The Political World of the Clergy, A Wall of Separation? Debating the Public Role of Religion; Ross for Boss: The Perot Phenomenon and Beyond, and Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective: The One, the Few, and the Many. [click here for full vitae].

Contact Professor Jelen

Back to Faculty Index

34 posted on 03/23/2004 8:43:14 AM PST by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: Nevadan
That's OK, I understand that what happens in Vegas STAYS in Vegas.
35 posted on 03/23/2004 8:47:35 AM PST by waverna (I shall do neither. I have killed my captain...and my friend.)
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To: dennisw
Ted Jelen's main research interests are in Public Opinion, Religion and Politics, Feminism, and the Politics of Abortion.

I can guess what side of those issues he stands on....hold on...give me a minute...gotta find my crystal ball.

36 posted on 03/23/2004 8:50:15 AM PST by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: GladesGuru

37 posted on 03/23/2004 8:53:44 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Nevadan
Universities/colleges are really just expensive welfare areas where overeducated liberals get good pay checks/benefits for crappy degrees.

Most of the professors have advanced degrees in instant unemployment study areas, where the only employment is to become a professor after getting a phd.

Whack their budgets and get the word out when they finance trips for professors/students to Cuba and other hell holes to advance communism, socialism or Islamonazism.
38 posted on 03/23/2004 8:57:11 AM PST by Grampa Dave (David Warren: Invertebrate Spain Now ruled by El Squid.)
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To: Eva
I have an idea of starting a college/high school (starts with 16 year olds) that is untouched by the State. Doesn't give a rip about degrees, but teachers come from real life and teach students what they really NEED to learn....like how to learn, how to communicate, how to compute, how to research, how to calculate, how to write, how to analyze....etc....and then gives out a certificate (degree). Then, the students head for the real working world, and get hired and work their a**es off, as these kinds of students would.....pretty soon, employers would ONLY want students from THIS school.....that's my dream.
40 posted on 03/23/2004 8:58:04 AM PST by goodnesswins (The Democrat "Funeral" is on.....dum..dum..di...dum.)
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To: RippleFire
If Barney Gumble wasn't a cartoon


41 posted on 03/23/2004 9:03:30 AM PST by hattend
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To: Nevadan
"Liberals are smarter."

The Houston Comical, the only daily paper in one of the nation's 5 largest cities, routinely runs letters and idiotorials that make exactly this claim.

If liberals are so smart why did they ignore all of the signs that "Uncle Joe" Stalin was an evil tyrant who killed more people than Adolph Hitler?

42 posted on 03/23/2004 9:13:55 AM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: Reo
And of course everyone knows UNLV is a bastion of cutting edge intellectual activity (sarcasm "off"!)

It doesn't matter if they are or not. This professor is a good example of how the corruption of liberalism infects the entire academic community, from the halls of Harvard, to the pits of. . . UNLV.

It's everywhere.

43 posted on 03/23/2004 9:20:48 AM PST by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Nevadan
INTREP - EDUCATION - UNIVERSITY - POLITICS
44 posted on 03/23/2004 9:21:10 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: Poodlebrain
The liberal ideology that is Political Correctness needs no justification. If you oppose the left's way of thinking you are an idiot. You are a racist. You are a homophobe. You hate the environment (at your own peril). You are a sexist. You are greedy. You are selfish...

Marx: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

How can you eat meat when that requires killing an animal that must be raised on land and feed crops that are only grown to feed doomed animals. Besides it's a "proven" fact that eating meat is tied to the oppression of women.

Why is it okay to kill an infant in the womb but not alright to eat a chicken egg?

Why is it alright to kill an infant out of "efficiency" but not alright to execute a guilty man for the horrendous crimes he has committed?

Why is it that the "diversity" crowd embraces homosexuals when they cannot even tolerate being intimate with a member of the opposite sex?

45 posted on 03/23/2004 9:22:49 AM PST by weegee (From the way the Spanish voted - it seems that the Europeans do know there is an Iraq-Al Qaida link.)
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To: weegee
Here is the e-mail I just sent him and his reply that came back just a few minutes later:

Where is the documentation to back-up your assertion? If you don't have any you are a fraud and now everyone knows it.
Except for liberals who will continue to delude themselves.

Oh well, continue living in your isolated little academic world where everyone agrees with you.

Hey, at least us conservatives can get a date to the prom.

His reply:

Thank you for your interest, and for sharing your viewpoints.

Sincerely,
Ted G. Jelen


Yep, he's a genius alright.



46 posted on 03/23/2004 9:35:12 AM PST by subterfuge
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To: keysguy
It is more complicated than that. Liberalism recruits many of the brightest students because it plays to their egos and their sense that smart people like them should run the world.

Liberalism's elitism is very intoxicating and appealing stuff for many bright students, very much like the Dark Side is for would-be Jedi in Star Wars.

Of course, the reality is that many of the brightest minds in politics and law today are conservatives like Laura Ingraham, Antonin Scalia, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams. Of course, Thomas Sowell was an angry Marxist when he was young, so perhaps that partly explains the problem.

47 posted on 03/23/2004 9:40:04 AM PST by Montfort
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To: Nevadan
Too dumb? I'm sure my friend who did his post-doc (UConn)work under one of the leaders in cancer research at Sloane-Kettering and is now employed as a research chemist at Eli Lilly and is very conservative would agree...yep...
48 posted on 03/23/2004 9:49:16 AM PST by Benrand
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To: Nevadan
"The Republican Party has taken some outrageous positions on issues like abortion..."

Okay, so killing helpless, innocent little babies in their mothers' wombs is not outrageous -- not killing them is?

49 posted on 03/23/2004 10:10:35 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: Nevadan
Political science professors should not be calling anyone stupid.

There's a reason you ain't a theoretical physicist, bub.

50 posted on 03/23/2004 10:13:42 AM PST by AmishDude
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