By Neil Gross
A few observers see American academia as a bastion of leftist groupthink that indoctrinates scholars and silences conservative voices. Others see a secure enclave that obviously produces free-thinking, revolutionary intellectuals. either perspectives are self-serving, says Neil Gross, yet nor is right. Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? explains how educational liberalism turned a self-reproducing phenomenon, and why americans on either the left and correct should still take notice.
Academia employs a better percent of liberals than approximately the other career. however the ordinary explanations--hiring bias opposed to conservatives, correlations of liberal ideology with excessive intelligence--do now not delay to scrutiny. Drawing on more than a few unique study, facts, and interviews, Gross argues that "political typing" performs an missed function in shaping educational liberalism. For historic purposes, the professoriate constructed a name for liberal politics early within the 20th century. As this conception unfold, it exerted a self-selecting effect on shiny younger liberals, whereas deterring both promising conservatives. such a lot professors' political opinions shaped good prior to they stepped in the back of the lectern for the 1st time.
Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? exhibits how learning the political sympathies of professors and their critics can shed mild not just on educational existence yet on American politics, the place the trendy conservative circulation was once inbuilt no small half round competition to the "liberal elite" in greater schooling. This divide among educational liberals and nonacademic conservatives makes accord on matters as assorted as weather swap, immigration, and international coverage more challenging.