Category Archives: Jonathan Haidt

September 21, 2017

The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus (Audio)

Universities are supposed to be dedicated to the exchange of ideas. But according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, campuses now skew so far to the left that they’ve become what he calls “political monocultures” in which voices that stray too far from liberal orthodoxy are shouted down. Paul Kennedy speaks with Professor Haidt – and with other scholars who have been thinking about the complex question of diversity on campus.

“We’ve created a hostile climate for people who don’t fit in intellectually. We’ve marginalized them. We’ve made it clear they don’t belong; they’re not welcome. And then the really smart ones among them don’t apply! And what we’re left with is a politically homogeneous field of inquiry, which therefore has problems studying anything that is politically valenced.” – Jonathan Haidt

Back in 2011, Jonathan Haidt was addressing a large gathering of professional psychologists about the perceived left-leaning bias of research in the social sciences. Before beginning his talk, he asked for a show of hands to determine the political composition of the crowd. There were about a thousand academics in the room. Fewer than ten people–perhaps only three or four–admitted to being Republican, or conservative. Maybe fifteen or twenty people claimed to be moderates. Approximately 80% of the crowd identified as supporters of the Democratic Party, or self-described liberals. The disparity has inspired much of his research ever since.

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September 19, 2017

Jonathan Haidt – The Tyranny of Social Justice Warriors (Video)

From the Tom Woods Show, Jonathan Haidt (Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business) explains the philosophy of intolerance demonstrated by social justice warriors.

September 14, 2017

“Two incompatible sacred values in American universities” Jon Haidt, Hayek Lecture Series (Video)

On October 6, 2016, Professor Jonathan Haidt gave a Hayek Lecture at Duke. The event was co-sponsored by the programs in the History of Political Economy (HOPE), Philosophy, Politics, & Economics (PPE), and American Values and Institutions (AVI). The event was open to the public, but also served as a guest lecture in Professor Jonathan Anomaly’s PPE course.

June 3, 2017

NYU Prof. Jonathan Haidt Gives Instructions on Avoiding the Wrath of Leftist Campus Mobs

NYU professor and Heterodox Academy Founder Jonathan Haidt has published four lessons for professors looking to avoid the wrath of the leftist campus mobs that have taken universities hostage over the past several years.

Writing in a blog post for the Heterodox Academy, the online coalition of academics interested in increasing viewpoint diversity in American universities that he founded in 2015, Haidt provides four lessons for academics seeking to better understand the often irrational leftist mobs that have seized control of campuses around the country over the past several years.

In response to what he calls a “witch hunt” against Heterodox Academy member and Evergreen State College professor Bret Weinstein, Haidt lays out four lessons that reflect the behaviors and practices of the students that seek to have academics and administrators fired for disagreeing with the progressive movement’s progressive narrative.

Haidt’s first lesson, abstain from objecting to diversity initiatives, has proved costly for violators on several campuses around the country. Professor Paul Griffiths of Duke University was forced to resign after being subjected to two disciplinary hearings after gently pushing back against mandatory diversity training in an eloquently-written email.

1) Never object to a diversity policy publicly. It is no longer permitted. You may voice concerns in a private conversation, but if you do it in a public way, you are inviting a visit from a mob or punishment from an administrator.

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April 28, 2017

Intimidation Is the New Normal on Campus by Jonathan Haidt

From now on, any speaker who arouses a protest is at risk of a beating.

I mages of fires, fireworks, and metal barricades crashing through windows made for great television, but the rioters who shut down Milo Yiannopoulos’s talk at the University of California at Berkeley didn’t just attack property. Fewer cellphone cameras captured the moments when they punched and pepper-sprayed members of the crowd, particularly those who seemed like they might be supporters of Yiannopoulos or Donald Trump.

Although the violence on February 1 was clearly instigated by outside agitators — “black bloc” anarchists who show up at events with their faces masked — at least some of the people behind the masks were Berkeley students who thought it was morally permissible to use violence to stop a lecture from taking place. As one student wrote afterward, “Violence helped ensure the safety of students.” Another asked, “When the nonviolent tactics [for stopping the talk] have been exhausted — what is left?”

Still, it was easy for the academic community to think of the riot as a special case. After all, Yiannopoulos is a professional troll. He came to campus to provoke, not to instruct. And he had exposed vulnerable individuals to danger before, as when he posted the name and photo of a trans woman on-screen while he mocked her.

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April 4, 2017

Jonathan Haidt on the Cultural Roots of Campus Rage (Video)

An unorthodox professor explains the ‘new religion’ that drives the intolerance and violence at places like Middlebury and Berkeley.

When a mob at Vermont’s Middlebury College shut down a speech by social scientist Charles Murray a few weeks ago, most of us saw it as another instance of campus illiberalism. Jonathan Haidt saw something more—a ritual carried out by adherents of what he calls a “new religion,” an auto-da-fé against a heretic for a violation of orthodoxy.

“The great majority of college students want to learn. They’re perfectly reasonable, and they’re uncomfortable with a lot of what’s going on,” Mr. Haidt, a psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business, tells me during a recent visit to his office. “But on each campus there are some true believers who have reoriented their lives around the fight against evil.”

These believers are transforming the campus from a citadel of intellectual freedom into a holy space—where white privilege has replaced original sin, the transgressions of class and race and gender are confessed not to priests but to “the community,” victim groups are worshiped like gods, and the sinned-against are supplicated with “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”

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