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Why higher education is a liberal bastion

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Submitted by George Delury (United States), Apr 13, 2005 at 11:51

The academic enterprise is primarily a search for truth with the obvious implication that a new discovery may well contradict an old "truth." The search requires a high tolerance for uncertainty, ambiguity, and contradiction.
Today's conservatives noticeably lack this tolerance and tend strongly to want to cling to old truths, ancien-regime truths dressed up in new, tough-guy clothes. That might even be the defining characteristic of modern conservatism.
Conclusion: conservatives are not comfortable with or suited to the academic enterprise and tend to avoid it, leaving the enterprise to liberals.
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