A new study finds leftist bias all too real in academic hiring. Campus radicals not only run colleges but admit they discriminate against conservatives. So much for “tolerance.” Why should voters foot the bill for this?
Looking at just one branch of social science, researchers at Tilburg University in the Netherlands found that almost a third of social psychologists — nearly all of whom are leftists — admitted in a survey they’d discriminate against conservatives in hiring decisions and grant proposals.
“The more liberal the respondents, the more likely they were to admit bias,” reported the Daily Caller, which came across the study.
This isn’t exactly earth-shaking news, of course. Everyone knows leftists control universities with no accountability. It does raise questions, however, because higher education has grown bloated and the public is picking up an ever more onerous tab.
Costs aside, the Heritage Foundation points out that an ideological monolith creates a contented atmosphere of groupthink. The result: scientific stagnation based on the lack of give and take. Admitted discrimination in hiring also spreads an intolerance of dissent.
The firing by UCLA this summer of a 35-year professor, James Enstrom, for exposing junk science concerning air quality in the California’s Central Valley, revealed nothing short of inquisitional hostility to science and the free flow of ideas, based on leftist intolerance.