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Haidt is Egregiously Wrong About “Provocateurs” and “Trolls”

In a video interview of Johnathan Haidt by Wall Street Journal Robert L. Bartley Fellow Zachary Wood on the question of What’s At Stake When We Don’t Teach Free Speech Haidt says the following (at about 1:52): You know it’s tough because there is there is an actual tension if you take both sides to their … Continue reading

What Heterodox Academy Gets Wrong

Heterodox Academy is my favorite organization fighting for free speech and intellectual honesty but I think it doesn’t see the elephant in the room and therefore represents a huge missed opportunity.  I think with Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) and The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (TRM) social science was on the … Continue reading

Most Analysts Oversimplify, and Make Things Worse

The deep, nuanced, understanding of humanity exhibited by Rod Dreher in Sad Songs And The South is why I recoil against labels like populism or nationalism or authoritarianism to describe people who support Brexit and Trump. Labels like those turn the rich, complex, caring, loving, suffering human beings described by Dreher, and by J. D. … Continue reading

Cognitive Style is the Main Psychological Difference Between Left and Right

In Gender Differences, Silicon Valley and That Controversial Google Memo sociologist specializing in social psychology and cognition Musa al-Gharbi describes what some critics of Damore get wrong. Science proves that men and women do in fact think differently. I contend that the same is true of liberals and conservatives.  I contend that liberalism and conservatism … Continue reading

Saleton is Wrong About Damore

William Saleton chimes in on the Google Memo controversy with The Conversation Google Killed. It is an elegant, eloquent, highly educated, highly sophisticated instance of The Coddling of the American Mind; of “triggers,” and of the primacy of feelings over facts. It is an obtuse, elitist, instance of killing the messenger. Saleton is not saying … Continue reading

My Cognitive Theory of Politics Has Gained Some Traction

My Cognitive Theory of Politics is catching on a little bit. At 29:20 of the video Darwin, Evolution, Morality and Religion by The Academic Agent:(emphasis added). We need not concern ourselves with the lengthy exchanges between Harris and Haidt on this matter. The underlying difference between the two of them comes down to the central dichotomy … Continue reading

The Meeting of the Dons

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 … Continue reading

My Comment to a Heterodox Academy Blog Post

I just posted this in the comments to a blog post over at Heterodox Academy, which fights for viewpoint diversity in academia.   I haven’t watched the video but this remark in the blog post is mind bogglingly stunning in its deafness and blindness to what’s going on. It’s just not possible for a person … Continue reading

The ‘Cousins’ Wars.’ Again.

In the book The Cousins’ Wars Kevin Phillips argues that the English Civil War, The American War for Independence, and the American Civil War were not independent conflicts but rather three battles in a single, long, overarching struggle between two opposing world views. I suggest that today’s partisan Coming Apart is merely the latest battle … Continue reading

A Culture-Wide Mental Health Crisis

In The Coddling of the American Mind Haidt and Lukianoff describe how the cognitively distorted thinking of emotional reasoning is harming the mental health of university students.. I suggest that the problem goes far beyond the campus, and that what’s happening these days on the left in Western culture at large is NOT merely a … Continue reading

I Support Viewpoint Diversity


A politically diverse group of social scientists, natural scientists, humanists, and other scholars who want to improve our academic disciplines and universities. We share a concern about a growing problem: the loss or lack of “viewpoint diversity.” When nearly everyone in a field shares the same political orientation, certain ideas become orthodoxy, dissent is discouraged, and errors can go unchallenged.

An Interpretation of Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory

This sidebar lists a series of posts which together make up an essay relating Moral Foundations Theory to today's politics, and even a little history, as viewed through The Independent Whig's six-foundation moral lens.


Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations and

Venn Diagram of Liberal and Conservative Traits and Moral Foundations