This seems gobsmackingly obvious to me. I once asked a conservative friend what conservatives want from liberals– he said, “we want to be respected even when we are wrong”. And this is what the heterodox academy tries to do on university campuses. But all ideas are not created equal, and wrong, stupid, and bad ideas simply don’t belong on campuses in the free marketplace of ideas. The reason campus conservatism is headed for extinction is that its past its sell-by date– and its purely maladaptive in a 21st century environment.
Heres Haidt desperately trying to promote the NYT’s joke commenter– David Brooks, famous for his iconicly clueless Applebee’s salad bar quotes.
ummm…this looks like it would be impossible to implement, and why not just go to a parlimentary system? Our presidential system imposes a two party system. But Haidt is desperate to find some value in Brooks’ writing– newsflash– There are no “great” David Brooks columns.
Free speech is just a stalking horse to try to get conservative ideology onto campuses. But the real reason conservatives are going extinct in university culture is that not all ideas are created equal, and conservative ideology is non-competitive among the educated. It only appeals to the conservative base.
I liked this vox article and these comments from Kevin Krause:
No one wants to acknowledge this, but selection for admission to the top schools is largely based on IQ. And having a successful 4 year college program is surely largely restricted to the upper third of the bell curve. Like i said here, college educated whites are the white demographic Trump cant persuade.
Educational attainment is used in large scale genomic studies as a proxy for IQ. Maybe the simplest answer is that conservative phenotype just isnt as smart. Its not selection for liberal bias in academe– its selection for IQ! And thats why the HBD guys should back-off racial IQ theory– because I think we will soon be able to prove btwn group difference in IQ– between liberal tendency and conservative tendency.
So I don’t think the Heterodox Academy is going to solve the problem. Lets face facts, conservative ideology is unable to compete among SMART PEOPLE LIKE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND COLLEGE PROFESSORS. And all the affirmative action in the world won’t fix the problem.
Jon Haidt, who should know better, is trying to maintain lifesupport for conservative ideology. IPOF, conservatism NEEDS to collapse– so that can be a new emergent form, that is 21st century adaptive.