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Leftist Academics Helped Elect Trump

America’s overwhelmingly leftist higher-education establishment ranted against Donald Trump last year. Professors didn’t just support Hillary Clinton, they decreed a horrible end for the country — make that the planet — if Trump were elected.

But could it be that those same academics helped to pave the way for Trump’s victory? In today’s Martin Center article, Dean Jeffrey M. Anderson of SUNY Cobleskill argues that they did. Anderson writes:

For decades (higher education) has been turning out students who are ignorant of tradition and the knowledge that has been learned and accumulated over time. Too many leave colleges and universities not only ignorant (if not outright disdainful) of U.S. history and the Western tradition, but also ignorant of the reasons for the values they proclaim, such as toleration, diversity, human rights, and freedom of speech.

A professed “left-leaning” academic, Anderson sees the decline of true liberal-arts education as a contributing factor in the sad state of affairs we’re in, both politically and educationally. I agree, but would also say that exactly the same piece could have been written had Clinton won. The huge “progressive” voting base is also ignorant of history, intolerant of dissent, happy to silence free speech, and quick to embrace “alternative facts” such as the alleged women’s wage gap and the claim that one in five women will be sexually assaulted on college campuses.

In any event, Anderson nails the truth when he declares, “For too long academe has been smug about its own assumptions, dogmas, and opinions. It has been unwilling to seek common ground with those with whom it has disagreed.” Sadly, it shows no sign of having learned anything.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.


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