Groupthink in Academia? Nah

The Chronicle of Higher Education features an article in its latest issue that examines the very real leftward slant of university faculty. The author, Emory professor Mark Bauerliein, explains that liberals have created a fantasy world for themselves in which academic thought is liberal thought.

The problem is that the simple trappings of deliberation make academics think that they’ve reached an opinion through reasoned debate —�instead of, in part, through an irrational social dynamic.

He proposes that liberal academics—who are by far the majority—should seek to introduce true discussion by using materials they don’t necessarily agree with. Bauerliein actually proposes something radical for academia: that “thickets of leftists critique” actually foster very little in the way of debate.