July 29, 2009
Kudos to philosopher Walter Schaller at Texas Tech University for organizing a petition to protest the appointment of disgraced former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to the faculty. (More information and supporting documents here.) The petition correctly challenges both the "procedure" by which he was appointed (there wasn't one!) and the merits of the appointment. So far more than 70 Texas Tech faculty have signed. As I understand it, Mr. Gonzales's former firm, Houston-based Vinson & Elkins, would not take him back, and the private sector generally has balked. How strange and ironic for a public university to step in; so much for faith in markets!