The Man Who Was… writes
Why conservatives aren’t well represented in academia:
1. Academia is not family friendly, so there is a selection effect against those who are more family oriented.
2. Academics favour ideas that show off their high IQ over common sense. The clever silly phenomenon.
3. Academics are already drawn from a general population whose respect for tradition and the sacred has been nearly obliterated by prosperity, comfort, and safety.
4. Once a critical mass is reached, academia becomes an uninviting place for conservatives.
Number 3 seems to me most important. Academics are even more liberal than the general population, but the general population is really liberal.
This is a good list, and 3 in particular seems true to me. I get the impression that most of the professors I meet have always been liberal, that they inherited it from their social milieu and that nothing else was ever a live option for them. Conservative and Christian academics, on the other hand, are very self-conscious. We spend a lot of time thinking about the justifications for our beliefs and trying to figure out why they are so unpopular with our colleagues.
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