I think there are plenty of people in US academia who we would consider conservative--even beyond obvious conservative voices--in a healthy country where the Overton window had no so thoroughly shifted to fascism//non-fascism as the dividing line.
I no longer believe using terms like conservative, liberal, progressive actually mean anything in the US, because our particular political model is, frankly, an unending clusterfuck of ideological nightmares loosely cobbled together into power structures.
Does being conservative in America mean adhering to a small government model? If so, then the GOP is not conservative, but we've gotten so used to talking about political ideology as if they actually map on to parties.
So, viewpoint diversity? Yes! Good. We need it. But this has nothing to do with the absurdities of needing more "conservative" voices because there is no clear mapping of what that means.
The reason academia is largely hostile to the America right wing is that pundits from that branch have spent four years essentially calling us traitors to this country while trying to destroy out livelihoods, reputation, and lives.
If you want ACTUAL viewpoint diversity, great--hire more faculty and staff. Invest money. Bring in people with genuinely diverse viewpoints into academia--more foreign professors, more professors of color, more professors from diverse backgrounds and economic status.
And yes, professors with a wider spectrum of ideological backgrounds, sure! But the way this conversation goes in the US is driven by far right groups like TurningPoint--and yes they are a far right group--where it becomes about giving the most retrogressive views the most power.
I'd question whether the professoriate is indeed overly liberal or progressive if you look at the spectrum of tenured or tenure-track faculty across institutions and across programs, for what I think are fairly obvious reasons. And I'd guess many would be "conservative" in a real
way--wanting to maintain the status quo, concerned with elite power structures and tax codes that benefit wealthier professionals--your New England big business Republican of a previous generation, perhaps.

The modern GOP isn't conservative and does not believe in these things.
So if what you want is more pro-fascism, white supremacist, transphobic, homophobic, racist, Islamaphobic voices in academia, well, go fuck yourself. Those views are antithetical to the actual job and should be driven out.
But if what you want is room for actual conservatives, having respectful conversations about religion, about economic structures, about foreign policy, about legal structures, about government intervention and tax codes and debt, well, all of that is welcome.
Questioning whether colleagues, students, staff, people in general should be allowed to exist and allowed to have basic human freedoms is evil. Questioning whether tax structures and legal codes are functional and foreign policy choices are great.

Do you see the difference here?
Oh, and given that something like 75% of faculty are precarious, you expect them to represent "conservative" values when the system and society has fucked them so thoroughly on every level and they live in poverty in this country? Get a grip.

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