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Oxford’s Junk Science on Fake News

HxA research associate Nick Phillips has published a new piece in The American Conservative on a recent Oxford study built on faulty science making waves and further dividing communities. The study by Oxford University scientists, “Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US” purports to show that on social media, conservatives..

Why Call for Heterodoxy in the Academy?

By Preston Stovall

In a series of three essays published at Crooked Timber, philosopher John Holbo argues that the Heterodox Academy’s campaign against ideological homogeneity in the academy is not well founded. Holbo’s argument takes the form of a reductio ad absurdam, developed over his first two essays. Suppose Moral Foundations Theory (MFT) is true. According to MFT, the left-dominated academy of today is characterized by a lack of individuals who respect the loyalty/authority/purity axis of moral sentiment. This results in a narrowness of moral vision that, so the Heterodox Academy tells us, leads to problems. At the same time, (Holbo argues) PC-culture displays reverence for values along just that axis—for what is all the protesting and shouting down of debate, the aggressive suppression of those who disagree with orthodoxy, and the call for safe space from microaggressions, etc., but the display of loyalty to a cause, respect for the authority advancing that cause, and an emphasis on social purity? Thus, by MFT’s lights, these displays of outrage should be the corrective to the problems the members of the Heterodox Academy are pointing to. But the Heterodox Academy takes precisely the opposite stance. And so the project is incoherent.

April Kelly-Woessner on Declining Political Tolerance: Half Hour of Heterodoxy #4

https://media.blubrry.com/halfhourofheterodoxy/p/content.blubrry.com/halfhourofheterodoxy/April_Kelly-Woessner_on_Declining_Political_Tolerance_-_Half_Hour_of_Heterodoxy_4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS In this episode, Chris Martin (@Chrismartin76) interviews April Kelly-Woessner, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies at Elizabethtown College. She specializes in public opinion, mass behavior, and political psychology. She is the co-editor of The Still Divided..

A Cordial Conversation About Industrial Relations

Brooklyn College professor Mitchell Langbert published an investigation of the academic field of Industrial Relations (known as IR). Langbert’s article appeared in Econ Journal Watch, which I edit. He used voter-registration data, political contributions data, and journal content analysis to show the left orientation of the field. IR scholars tend overwhelmingly to write good things..

Trade Protectionism in the Marketplace of Ideas

  • April Kelly-Woessner
  • May 18, 2016

Although young people have long been hailed as more open-minded and politically tolerant than their parents and grandparents, there is evidence that this is no longer the case (see How Marcuse Made Todays Students Less Tolerant). The problem of political intolerance is clearly demonstrated on college campuses in recent months, as student groups clash over..