Brooks: Time For Diversity

One of the great intellectual and moral epiphanies of our time is the realization that diversity among human beings is a blessing. Unfortunately, new research also shows that academia has itself stopped well short in both the understanding and practice of true diversity—the diversity of ideas.

This year, a team of scholars published a paper showing that for every politically conservative social psychologist in academia there are about 14 liberal social psychologists. Why the imbalance?

Well, respondents to the survey admitted (overwhelmingly) that they’d be less likely to support hiring a conservative colleague than a liberal colleague with the same qualifications.

Academics and intellectuals like to see their community as a major force for diversity and open-mindedness throughout American society.

Now they should be consistent by applying those values to their own profession.

How about celebrating ideological diversity?

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