Oh, for fuck's sake:
Are Our Libraries Too Liberal?
Since we are in the midst of a discussion about a 'culture war' I thought I'd share a personal experience I had that has some relation to the issue. I was on my library's online catalogue searching for a copy of "The Conscience of a Conservative" by former Republican senator Barry Goldwater, hoping to bone up on my conservatism from a very respectable patriarch of said movement. I found no copies of the book I was looking for, in fact Barry Goldwater's name did not even come up when I searched under "Author". You know what I did find? Five copies of books by Paul Krugman, the renowed liberal American economist. Two copies of "The Conscience of a Liberal" and a few other copies primarily discussing economic theory.
Now I'm not saying that Prof. Krugman's literary works should not be displayed in our public libraries, and I might even be interested in reading some of his books. But it seems to me that if you're going to have a book describing the conscience of a liberally minded individual, you should have a book in the library that offers a prevailing counterpoint to those ideals, and I would say Goldwater's most famous manifesto on the conservative movement is a very good example. Goldwater's ideas and presidential candidacy paved the way for Ronald Reagan to become President. I would think our libraries would not be duly influenced by political ideology, or maybe this is just some honest omission on the part of the Library Board.
In the end, I had to go online and order the Goldwater book from a company down in Atlanta. It is unfortunate that I had to go to the Americans again for quality reading materials (I was at a Christian conference in Louisville where they handed out free books by prominent theologians like John Piper and John MacArthur), but it's hard to fight against liberal bias in this country (not to say that many of us are not trying).
I'm now sure what amuses me more -- that Blogging Tory Alan Kan is nonplussed that his library might, given Conservative-inflicted finite resources to purchase books, assign more importance to a recent tome by a recent Nobel Prize-winning economist, or that he thinks there's something to be gleaned from the writings of an American politician whose 1964 stint as the Republican Presidential nominee it can be fairly said:
He lost the 1964 presidential election to incumbent Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson by one of the largest landslides in history, bringing down many Republican candidates as well.
Mostly, what I glean is that Canadian conservatism has turned into the most eye-rolling example of mewling, squalling whiners imaginable, for which every slight or inconvenience is simply more evidence of an evil liberal conspiracy to keep them from getting educated.
This is, of course, utter bunk. Their appalling lack of education has nothing to do with us.
AFTERSNARK: One is tempted to suggest to Mr. Kan that, if he is unhappy with all those evil liberal-dominated sources of information, he is free to collect some like-minded right whingers and see if he can do better. Sadly, we've seen the results of that sort of thinking. And it's not pretty.