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Submitted by Brad Brzezinski (Canada), Jul 6, 2011 at 22:32

I've been arguing that the "affirmative action" so beloved in our universities should be promoted to apply to equal hiring of liberals and conservatives in those institutions. Your article makes me think that it might only be necessary to suggest the idea rather than actually attempt to legislate it, to get the ball rolling. My argument is thus:

* Democracy requires that governments change from time to time in order for the system to be effective. (Some measure of corruption will generally creep in within 2 terms, based on my observation of the past few decades.) We require that there be 2 opposing schools of thought to facilitate philosophical swings. Note that these are not the same as electoral swings.

* The outlook of our societies is influenced largely by our schools, universities and media (journalists). The teachers and journalists are currently being trained in mainly liberal environments and we are thus undermining the objective of democracy. In western countries today, conservatives might take power but they usually fail to act conservatively owing to the preponderance of liberals in the bureaucracies, media etc.

* Forcing a balance of philosophies at the source – universities – will redress the one-sidedness that currently allows liberals to get away with nonacademic arguments.

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