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The intolerance of the Left

We all know it: diversity is good. It is a key factor in evolutionary development; mixed-economies are more successful and are more innovative than homogeneous;

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The intolerance of the Left

We all know it: diversity is good. It is a key factor in evolutionary development; mixed-economies are more successful and are more innovative than homogeneous; multi-cultural cities have more success as a one-sided composite. Also for the science of the diversity of points of view is essential. This was demonstrated by the two social scientists Misha Teplitsky and James Evans of the University of Chicago, in an extensive study on the basis of 400'000 Wikipedia articles. Therefore, creating Teams with politically differently oriented authors of the better quality article than the author teams, where all of them were of the same political opinion. Political mono-culture leads to radicalisation. Political diversity leads to discussions, you are closer to the truth.

The fatal academic development of recent years: the tendency to tribalistic Thinking, i.e. the Thinking in groups, or tribes. Everywhere in the West, the political camps become polarized and always aggressive to each other. The political opponent is not just a different opinion, he is evil and must be fought with all means. The social media promote the formation of ideologically homogeneous groups that confirm their own views – and the opponent systematically depreciate. After all, who demonizes the opponent, such as by blurring the differences between Civil, Conservative, and neo-Nazis, aware of this, proves the their own right-mindedness and that he is on the right page. It is, therefore, not to discuss facts, but under all circumstances the right.

Conservative thinkers

to combat The development is also reflected in the universities, especially in the United States. Especially in the Humanities, political mono-cultures will develop on the universities, as various studies of the research Institute Pew Research show that In the nineties, three to four Left were in the social Sciences, a Conservative. Today, the ratio of one to seventeen. Ironically, in the social Sciences, in which Gender and Race Diversity, it is the epitome of necessary diversity is to become is accompanied by the development of a mono-culture of political views.

Conservative thinkers must increasingly expect to be marginalized, and fought, as the social psychologists Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt to show in her book, "The Coddling of the American Mind" in numerous examples. However, not only Conservative will Think the victims of such unbridled tribal extremist. In recent times, also politically unsuspicious, so left-wing professors were forced to use their chair to give up after furious students had because of a wrong choice of word than racists or sexists branded.

A favorite Argument of the Left goes like this: Under the Credo of the freedom of speech, you may articulate, of course, unpopular opinions. But you have to take resistance into account. This is basically correct. Wrong but if the resistance is argumentative, but not violent. If unwelcome speakers low-screamed and attacked to be bullied as in the case of the Berkeley protests, 2017, professors with incorrect views, and due to public pressure, finally to be released, is detrimental to the ultimately, the University. Because mono-cultures lead to poor and one-sided science, without diversity, we tend to extremism. And his first victim is the truth.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.03.2019, 19:18 Uhr

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