Idiocy of this magnitude is difficult to discover, unless you spend time with tenured professors. Usually, untenured professors are capable of the same degree of idiocy but manage to keep it hidden until there is no chance that it will get them fired.
Of course, there is a ?moral turpitude? clause that can technically be used to fire a tenured professor. A UNC professor was once fired under this clause after he was caught having sex with a male prostitute in a downtown alley. The second time he was arrested, the officer was a student. It was a real Maalox moment for everyone involved.
If the same incident happened today, the student/police officer would be expelled for sexually harassing (arresting) the gay professor. The gay activists who run the campus diversity movement have successfully put the notion of ?moral turpitude? to rest. One result is that tenured professors can now file numerous false accusations of sexual harassment with impunity.
While these reasons are all good enough to abolish tenure, the best one is called (if only by me) the ?McCarthy Effect.? Put simply, this effect explains how the abolition of tenure would do a better job of rooting communists out of government work than Senator Joe McCarthy did in his entire career. Better still, it would do so without a single false accusation against an innocent party.
In order to understand the ?McCarthy Effect,? one needs to understand the concept of sample selection bias. One must also understand that communists are inherently needy. They are not drawn to communism because of the part of the doctrine that says ?from each according to his ability.? They are attracted, instead, by the part that says ?to each according to his need.? In other words, they are lazy people who do not want to compete in order to get ahead in society. Instead, they want to do as little as possible without any prospect of ending up with nothing. They believe that communism will afford them this opportunity.
But since the fall of the Berlin Wall, many have had to seek an alternative to the communist ideal. And many have found that alternative at the American university. Of course, when Marxists become professors, they do have to work for several years to get tenure. While it may not be perfect, they know that things will be better after tenure. Paychecks, pensions, and health benefits will be provided, regardless of productivity.
Many of those who are unfit for any job besides that of a tenured professor would be unemployed and homeless if we abolished tenure tomorrow. Without tenure, these people would not be such an irritation at work, although they would probably be just as irritating as panhandlers once their unemployment checks ran out.
Tenure is supposed to foster academic freedom on our nation?s campuses. Instead, it fosters socialism, laziness, and incivility. I would enjoy my job a lot more without it. And, more importantly, our children would get a much better education.