I like to keep up with what’s happening over at Heterodox Academy (HxA). I often leave heartfelt, but I like to think well argued, comments on their blog posts.
There’s a terrific blog post over there in which social scientists examine in excruciating detail the veracity of practically every statement and topic within Damore’s Google memo. It’s possibly the most commented on essay on the site.
Here’s what bothers me.
The intellectual environment at HxA reminds me of that of the meeting of the Dons in The Godfather, in which a group of mature, thoughtful, sensitive, businessmen rationally discussing their problems, coming to a consensus about the nature of them, and agreeing on how to proceed.
But here’s the thing. The Dons never talk about the elephant in the room; that the businesses they run are murderous organized crime syndicates.
I’m not for one instant suggesting that HxA are mafia kingpins so don’t even go there.
But I am suggesting that they’re not talking about the elephant in the room.
At the risk of being perceived as an “angry polemicist” or a tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theorist I’ll tell you what I think is the elephant in the room at HxA.
The leftist righteous mind.
It’s true that many of the things that cause partisan rancor are common to everyone; Haidt’s first and third principles of moral psychology, for example, and the Argumentative Theory of reasoning, which shows that “reason is for winning, not truth finding.”
But cognitive style and moral matrix are NOT common to everyone. The epistemic certainty of the cognitive style of globalist, rationalist, three-foundation Platonic idealism of John Lennon’s “Imagine” is for all practical purposes THE defining trait of the leftist righteous mind, whereas the right tends to be defined by the epistemic humility of the cognitive style of the all-foundation parochial, holistic, Aristotelian empiricism.
The leftist righteous mind has brought us practically every single violent, oppressive scheme from the French Revolution to Communism to Fascism, to Nazism, to Antifa; all in the name of “fairness,” “equality,” “tolerance,” the “good society” and the “new man.”
The leftist righteous mind is the source of the vast majority of the internal problems facing Western Culture today. Do we parse the hell out of THAT like we do the Damore memo?
We studiously ignore it like the meeting of the Dons.