Steve reflects on, among other things, what liberals could learn from conservatives.
Of course, I would have expected no less from an RBC’er, but damn, is Steve ever smart!
He makes the point that the scarcity of conservatives in academic fields such as political science is a problem for liberals (and, he might have added, for those further left than that) because it deprives them of practice in defending their core ideas from serious challenge. That’s an under-appreciated point.
On the other hand, it would be a mistake to underestimate the sheer technical difficulty in running an ideological “affirmative action” program. Precisely the isolation that makes the progam necessary makes it hard for liberal academics in those fields to judge accurately the quality of a particular conservative’s thought.
John Yoo, for example.