Conservatism as Neurosis

Why do conservatives attack academia’s liberal bias? It can only be because they have mental problems. At least, that seems to be the conclusion to the second question in the title of Neil Gross’s book, Why Are Professors Liberal and Why Do Conservatives Care? That’s how George Leef describes it in the second installment of his scathing critique of Gross’s defense of the Ivory Tower in this week’s Clarion Call.

George details how Gross relies heavily on the sort of superficial 1970s-style pop psychology that made us all want to gag even back in its heyday, with conservatives’ criticism dismissed as personal shortcomings. Gross also treats conservative criticism as a political ploy with no basis in fact, and at times reminds George “of a trial lawyer who asks a question he knows won’t be allowed and then says, ‘Withdrawn’ before opposing counsel objects. The idea has been planted even if the jury is told to ignore it.”

Perhaps Gross should have shown his book to George before rushing to press. Then he might have been forced to come up with an argument that can stand on its own. On the other hand, the book wasn’t meant to withstand serious inspection, but to please the unquestioning choir of his leftist colleagues.

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