I wonder if Stanley Fish is defining “politics” very narrowly as “party politics”? For a fellow who wrote, There is No Text in This Class he seems pretty naive about what happens to cultural conservatives in contemporary academia. Does ISI exist for nothing?
I took a degree in Poli Sci in the early 80s and I think I knew of only one conservative student in the dept in the whole time I was there. Several of my profs openly scoffed at Christianity and theism and any notion of transcendent, fixed truths. I’ll never forget the day an English prof asked, “Are there any Christians in the room?” I was safe because I had long hair and wore faded military fatigues. I was more likely to be identified as the class Marxist than I was to be identified as the class evangelical.