In academia who would self-report anything else?

I have just received a note from a journal that my article will not be included in a forthcoming overview of one of the world’s great economists (now sadly deceased).

I am sorry to inform you that your proposal has not been selected for inclusion in the special issue. There were many excellent proposals, including some with significant overlap with yours. We have decided to go with a few more historically oriented pieces by young scholars.

The probability that someone else will be writing on Say’s Law approaches nil, but I suspect this is a form-letter sent out to everyone whose proposals were rejected. Nothing new here for me. I mention it really only to draw attention to the above chart. Economics is in the blue columns on the right, but they’re all more or less the same no matter what the discipline (although economics is a bit better than the others). These are the social sciences where you would expect this kind of outcome, but I wonder how different it would look for physics and chemistry.

The chart is from THE GEEK IN PICTURES at Powerline which has a number of equally interesting charts about the world we inhabit.

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16 Responses to In academia who would self-report anything else?

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Democrat professors promote Democrat faculty because ideology.
    Republican professors promote competent faculty because ability.
    Run this for 50 years and you have the above graphs.

    Given how much “climate change” features in the glossy mag my old department sends me I doubt chemistry and physics will be that much better.

  2. Peter Smith

    The sad part of the graphs when it comes to economists is that they show that only a very small percentage of those badging themselves as economists are, in fact, economists. They might be Marxists or political activists; they are not economists. Economists are students of the way markets work; of the way prices guide the allocation of resources and ration demand; of how individuals and businesses respond to and influence market forces. These so-called economists on the left (yes, including Keynesians) are in reality just political hacks. They simply don’t understand how free-market economies work. If they did, that is, if they understood economics, they wouldn’t be on the left. QED

  3. Boris

    At least it seems economists are more balanced than others. Indeed would be interesting to see these numbers for hard sciences.

  4. Arky

    So everyone who works in the wank sciences is gay.
    Who knew?

  5. H B Bear

    The march through the institutions must nearly be complete. I feel like one of those Japanese in the jungle just waiting for someone to tell me the war is over.

  6. duncanm

    but I wonder how different it would look for physics and chemistry.

    aka the real world. Physics, chemistry, engineering, etc.

    I’m coming to the realisation that beer (engineering) conveys great wisdom (anti socialist politics).

    As long as there’s no hipsters involved.

  7. Nob

    Given that most leftists think they are middle of the road, it’s even worse than you think.

  8. Nob

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3621814, posted on October 17, 2020 at 12:58 pm
    Democrat professors promote Democrat faculty because ideology.
    Republican professors promote competent faculty because ability.
    Run this for 50 years and you have the above graphs.

    Given how much “climate change” features in the glossy mag my old department sends me I doubt chemistry and physics will be that much better

    Engineers and chemists etc in the working world tend to think politics is a game for sociologists and other pointless wankers.

    They’d not necessarily describe themselves as “right wing” because they don’t live politics 24/7 and might have a vague notion that “right wing” = bad.

  9. EllenG

    Reduced to whining about rebuffs in his work day. Pathetic.

  10. Entropy

    I’m coming to the realisation that beer (engineering) conveys great wisdom (anti socialist politics).

    you haven’t been to an engineering faculty open day later. It’s all windmills, solar cars and not a mineral in sight.

  11. one old bruce

    ‘We have decided to go with a few more historically oriented pieces by young scholars.’

    – There’s the rub, old fellow (like me). We aren’t cool any more. They want youth appeal.

    But what’s ‘historically oriented’ got to do with Say’s Law I wonder? Unless the new whizz kids want to ‘debunk’ by connecting ‘all that old stuff’ with ‘slavery’ or whatever.

    I blame The Daily Show and all its imitators (The Project) for convincing yoof that they are all smarty-pants, too clever by harf.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nob – That’s great in theory, but research funds are parceled out by the usual suspects. So you work on cherished lefty stuff or you are in the cold with no money and no prospect in academia.

    That’s how physics and chemistry become lefty.

    As I said the glossy my old department sends me (with begging letters) is so full of climate crap that it reeks. I am sad for chemistry students these days. The whole field will be fully woke in a few years, at least in Australia. No money: no study: no job: no career.

  13. James Hargrave

    My college (UK) sent round a circular about wanting to diversify its library holdings. Since I had given them some books I had written/edited, and I am an ageing white male, I suggested they withdraw my gifts and burn them, thus increasing the diversity they claimed to seek. I have had no reply.

  14. DogsB0ELLx

    The left-right categories are problematic. On the left you have Statists who want to control lives so we can supposedly all be part of a greater ‘good’. OTOH saying someone is ‘right’ could mean that they are rigid, backward-looking and dripping with cultural nostalgia (not unlike some on the left) or a Milton Friedman-style liberal (something quite different).

    There should be a separate category for genuine liberals who want to minimise government interference, think that private enterprise generally offers the best solutions, respect the agency and dignity of private individuals while agreeing the state has a basic role to play.

    If they did I suspect a few of these academics would register in that category rather than as ‘right’ or centre left. The survey is flawed.

  15. Bob

    They’ve been infiltrated by leftists. Those who watch The Oz have been noticing it for a few years now.
    The ‘back door’ was news.com.au. which is now a sewer of petulant, adolescent leftists, then they worm their way into the mothership.
    Hope is not lost however. Rupert and Lachlan booted out the idiot leftist James Murdoch because he was actively encouraging the infiltration. Now he’s gone, and hope remains for the last bastion of reasonableness and Western values to cure itself of the disease, and survive intact.

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