Nicholas Kristof’s editorial in the New York Times highlights the incongruence between the left’s rhetoric about valuing diversity and the very real discrimination that occurs against scholars who are not to the left. You will notice that I didn’t say “scholars who are conservative” because we have to keep in mind that one of the more serious biases found within the echo chambers of academia is what’s termed “positional bias.” This type of bias minimizes one’s location on the political spectrum while it maximizes differences of those around you. In academia, most scholars are more liberal than the average liberal so, according to positional bias, they see others who are not as liberal as they are as conservative.
You can read Kristof’s editorial here ( _ ).
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
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