Quote of the Day

Is this true of conservatives or moderates (or any non-liberal) in academic life?  

I believe it was John Podhoretz who once said that all conservatives are bilingual — we have to be. (We speak liberal and conservative.) But liberals tend to be monolingual — they don’t need to speak our language, or to know much about us at all.

Jay Nordlinger at The National Review

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3 thoughts on “Quote of the Day

  1. If that reply's to me, Porter, I'm verrry familiar with his thesis over the years. And if this part of his research is reproducible, I think you just nailed down any discussion.

    He points to studies showing that, when asked to respond to a survey as though they were their ideological opponents, conservatives do far better at “mimicking” liberals than vice versa.

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  2. Jonathan Haidt's sociological research on morality certainly seems to support the idea, at least to some extent. He points to studies showing that, when asked to respond to a survey as though they were their ideological opponents, conservatives do far better at “mimicking” liberals than vice versa.

    Have you read The Righteous Mind or heard his TED talk?

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  3. “Though liberals do a great deal of talking about hearing other points of view, it sometimes shocks them to learn that there are other points of view.”–Wm. F. Buckley

    “To speak out alone against the relentless and insatiable demands of grievance leftism is to risk losing out on promotion and advancement, even if you already have tenure. Academic conservatives — along with disaffected moderates and liberals — need to emulate the campus Left and organize effective counter-programming, with their own centers and topical curricula, to contest the intellectual ground on campus. The thin ranks of academic conservatives need a campus rallying point, and a guerrilla mentality to match the determination of the Left. As Hemingway said of writers, conservative faculty ought to stick together like a pack of wolves.”–Steven F. Hayward in

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/413675/grievance-school-steven-f-hayward

    …although you need at least two to make a pack

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