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The Blame for the Current State of Partisan Rancor Rests in Academia

In Ninnies, Pedants, Tyrants, and Other Academics Camille Paglia elegantly and eloquently echoes an idea I expressed more clumsily in Social Science = Rationalism, Rationalism = Pedantry, Pedantry Exacerbates the Ideological Divide.  Here’s Paglia: The No. 1 problem today is not ignorant students but ignorant professors, who have substituted narrow “expertise” and “theoretical sophistication” (a preposterous … Continue reading

Deepwater Horizon

I’m 35 minutes into the movie Deepwater Horizon on DVD. Love it. Here are some lines spoken by the character of a lead engineer played by Mark Wahlberg speaking to the company executive who’s pressuring the rig workers to proceed  with the next phase of the work faster than they feel comfortable with.  “I think you … Continue reading

Three Stories About Government

“What if we were to judge people, and ideologies, by their results, rather than by their intentions?” – Jonathan Haidt, Three Stories About Capitalism; a blog post on the web site for The Righteous Mind  In his upcoming book Jonathan Haidt will explore the two predominant perspectives, or stories, about capitalism.  Story One is Capitalism is … Continue reading

K-16 Education System Teaches Students to Slur, Not Argue

In an appearance on the Charlie Rose TV show Haidt identified the root cause of The Yale Problem. My only quibble is that it does not start in colleges as Haidt claims here, or even in high schools as he has claimed elsewhere, but rather in kindergarten as I explain in another post, here.   Mark Lilla had … Continue reading

A Critique of Heterodox Academy 

Heterodox Academy seems well intentioned in a No Labels, “Can we all get along?” sort of way. And of course viewpoint diversity is AN important aspect in the battle against the leftist Fascism (but I repeat myself) that has overtaken not just campuses but all of Western culture. But it is by no means the … Continue reading

Stop conflating ideology with government.

I know my subject line may seem counterintuitive. Let me explain. Liberal and conservative, first and foremost, are psychological profiles. We can test for them objectively through methods like Haidt’s moral foundations questionnaires. Moral intuitions follow from those profiles. Full blown moral visions a la Sowell follow from the intuitions. Desired social structures and tenets … Continue reading

The Blood of Westminster is on the Hands of the Political Left

The attacks at Westminster in London, Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, and Nice in France, and Brussels in Belgium, are a direct result of the Lennon-esque (“Imagine there’s no countries, and no religion too”) open borders Platonic idealism of the left wing psychological profile.. Human nature has not changed since the time of Plato.  The psychological … Continue reading

Political Strife and Societal Decay are Caused in Part By Treating Feelings as Valid Reasons for Social Constructs

Each of the following four things is not like the others.  But too often we assume some or all of them to be one and the same.  This misunderstanding is a major cause of partisan rancor. The psychological profiles of liberalism, conservatism, and libertarianism, consisting of things like Personality traits like openness or orderliness Cognitive … Continue reading

Van Jones and Jon Haidt Make the Case for Conservatism

Jonathan Haidt’s essay, Van Jones’ Excellent Metaphors About the Dangers of Ideological Safety, and the sentiments Jones expresses, are in their core essence an argument against liberalism and in favor of conservatism. Here’s a video clip of Jones’ comments, below which is a transcript of them from the Haidt essay: Van Jones: I don’t like bigots … Continue reading

Conservatism is Right. Liberalism is Wrong.

Liberal and conservative are 1) psychological profiles from which emerge 2) moral sentiments or intuitions, and 3) value systems, or sets of principles of governance. The first two of these are real and should be respected. Every individual deserves their dignity. The third should be subjected to critical inquiry of the sort described by Popper, … 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 Moral Foundations