We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I graduated at the top of my class with a double major from a good college; I did not enter graduate school because I couldn’t take one more minute of the postmodern gibberish being peddled in every department and by nearly every instructor, at all times. Even the visiting lectures were hopelessly corrupted by the barbaric and unlovely LitCrit jargon: “Jane Austin and the Deterritorialized Gaze: Possession, Feminism, and the Other in 19th Century England” I’d rather watch TV, thank you. I spent my entire time reading the great critics and scholars of the preceeding generations and largely ignored my professors; Harold C. Goddard has more thoughtful things to say about Shakespeare than all the current crop of pedagogues could collectively put together in their lifetimes.
Lastly, and I feel I can say this with authority, the university is the least free place to speak your mind in the United States. At any time you might slip up and find yourself before a tribunal of administrative jellyfish, being castigated by a howling lunatic from some immaterial discipline demanding your immediate expulsion. It’s not worth opening your mouth, because no one will even see the need to come to your defense. The hard and natural sciences sail along, imperiously indifferent to the fate of the humanities. By the time they realize that the barbarians have stormed the gates, and taken the city below, their floating island will have been over-run with the same hordes of irrationalism, misplaced sentiment, self-loathing, and muddleheaded thinking that doomed their sister schools. Once language is detroyed, it becomes impossible to even articulate the grounds of dissent, or remember when things might have been different.
One of the most pressing needs that conservatives and honest liberals have is to rebuild the university; not to create a new model, but to reinstate the grand one that once existed and must exist again if our common culture is to re-establish a fellowship with wisdom.
All this is true--but, dear Barrister it is impossible to get a Republican, or a "conservative" attorney to confront the academic world. Not in defense of one individual, nor in a class action claim. The conservative attorneys, whose primary income, and therefore their ongoing partnerships are with local businesses--none of whom want "their" attorney making life difficult for them by confronting the academy in their state. THEREFORE, there is NO ONE confronting academia from the legal community--not in a serious, large, and organized way. FIRE is a sweet little effort, but FIRE is small, and FIRE has some prejudices of their own. WE MUST HAVE LOCAL ATTORNEYS with the courage to confront local institutions--and there are none of those around here. Think of the damage the academic community can do to a local business--so, dear Barrister if you REALLY are going to make some impact on academia you must help to organize and support attorneys around the country who will take those chances, live in fear, and have the courage to confront. I have laid out this challenge to you before with no response: go to the website for Republican attorneys in your state, or any state; email any one of them and ask if they will represent you in a challenge against their local university--you will be stunned at what you find.
The liberal jihadists are already pressing for application of Title IX-like rules to hiring in engineering, mathematics and the hard sciences, which are largely populated by men. In response, almost all new hires are women. In fact, the department I once served for 35 years will not even interview a man nowadays. So, the keep has already fallen.