Last week, Frankly Speaking, a crowd-sourced Opinions column, asked the question: Are conservatives marginalized at Stanford? Published below are four particularly incisive answers we received.
Welcome to the second edition of The Daily’s new crowd-sourced column, Frankly Speaking, which has community members weigh in on pressing campus news and debates.
Although Stanford’s undergraduate population tends towards the Democratic party, the University is not without its conservative tendencies. The Stanford Review was co-founded over 30 years ago by venture capitalist and conservative philanthropist Peter Thiel; resident think tank the Hoover Institution once included Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster among its fellows. The Stanford College Republicans (SCR), meanwhile, has traditionally kept a low profile, but the last several months have seen the group put more effort into engaging the student body.
Instead of just encouraging a better-educated population of science enthusiasts, we need to give people the training to engage with the science in a productive, critical manner while holding scientific institutions to the standard of excellence we need.
We are made great by our grand experiment. So, if it is to continue, we must not claim that those who identify with our political opposition are inherently wrong: we must never pretend that the “real” America has already been discovered.
Ultimately, it seems that where the ARP is concerned, all sides are willing to throw their intellectual baggage out the window.
By adopting cutthroat fiscal policies that make it harder and harder for working-class moms and dads to find the time and money to spend meaningful time with growing kids, conservatives are themselves undermining the family values they profess to promote.
As a lifelong Christian, it’s always perplexed me how successfully the religious right has constructed such a conservative political agenda around so profoundly liberal a figure as Jesus. How has a visionary who cared for the poor been employed in the service of an ideology that so blatantly favors the rich?