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Why Most Analyses of the Paris Protests and the Brexit and Trump Votes are Wrong

The explanation for the French uprising, Brexit, and Trump is simple, and straight from The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, which seems to have been forgotten soon after it was published. It’s not nationalism, it’s not populism, it’s not a cult of personality; it’s not racism or fascism or … Continue reading

Sample Lesson Plan

Learning Objectives: Ideally students should be able to describe each of these concepts in their own words, and should be able to accurately represent the viewpoint of the other side in a way the other side would consider fair (kinda like marriage counseling). The Rider and the Elephant The Argumentative Theory of Reasoning Groupishness Moral Foundations … Continue reading

The First Principles of Western Civilization

The core principles upon which Western Civilization and The Constitution rest, are:  1. Primacy of the individual (Class, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, or any other group identity are immaterial.) 2. Liberty of the individual, in which… 3. liberty is defined as freedom from coercion by others (negative liberty), NOT freedom to do whatever one wants … Continue reading

Jordan Peterson is Wrong About the Case for the Left

At 1:21:45 of the above video Jordan Peterson says the following: One of the things I do all the time in my public lectures is make a case for the utility of the left.  So and the case can be made quite rapidly. If you’re going to pursue things of value in a social environment you’re … Continue reading

Heterodox Academy’s Deeply Disappointing Open Mind Conference

I attended the Open Mind Conference hosted by Heterodox Academy (HxA), whose mission is “to improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement.” HxA is my favorite of all the groups that are trying to bridge the ideological divide and bring some amount of civility … Continue reading

The Opening of my Hypothetical Talk at Heterodox Academy’s Next Open Mind Conference

The first 44 seconds of this video introduces my topic. Here’s a transcript of it: Alice Dreger: Yeah, you know, I mean, to my mind, the problem with these celebrity speakers being crayed- being paid crazy amounts of money to come in and then we have to pay for all the securities. Most of them are … Continue reading

Benjamin Boyce Interviewed Me On His YouTube Channel (Video and Transcript)

  Transcript: [Video Clip from Heterodox Academy’s Open Mind Conference] Alice Dreger:                      00:00                     Yeah. You know, I mean to my mind, the problem with these celebrity speakers being cra … Paid crazy amounts of money to come in and then we have to pay for all the securities, most of them are not intellectuals. So … Continue reading

Transcripts of Heterodox Academy’s Open Mind Conference

Session One: A View from the Academy: How a Lack of Viewpoint Diversity Harms Higher Education. Heather Heying, Lucia Martinez Valdivia, Richard A. Shweder, Nadine Strossen, Scott Jaschik Session Two (NO VIDEO, so no transcript): The Coddling of the American Mind, and Several Other Trends That Got Us Here Jonathan Haidt, Greg Lukianoff Session Three: … Continue reading

When and how the virtue of academic truth seeking can turn into a vice

This is a guest post by Jochen Weber, who I met at Heterodox Academy’s Open Minds Conference in New York City on June 15th, and with whom I had several entertaining and enlightening conversations which turned out to be the highlights of my day.  Jochen originally published this post on his own blog, Spare-Time Philosophy, and … Continue reading

Responses to Musa Al-Gharbi

Musa Al-Gharbi’s recent post on the blog of Heterodox Academy is one of my favorites of all time from that group. But still, I have some comments/critiques regarding SOME of its content. I posted them as comments to his blog piece, but several days later they’re still apparently in “awaiting moderation” purgatory. For the record … 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