We Have a Tower of Babel, Not a Marketplace of Ideas

by George Leef

For the last several decades, American higher education has seen an enormous increase in the number of “voices” on campus as various groups have pressed for and gotten their own “studies” programs. Unfortunately, that has not led to a more robust marketplace of ideas, argues Professor Robert Weissberg in today’s Pope Center piece. That is because those new “voices” tend to shut off criticism of their ideas by contending that they have their own special “ways of knowing” and that outside criticism must be rooted in opposition to the group itself, not to the particular point at issue. Rather than more reasoned debate, we’re seeing more ad hominem attacks.