Lackademia: why do academics lean left?


This report tackles the groupthink mentality rife within British academia, where 90% of British universities censored speech on campus last year. People with right-wing and conservative views are under-represented in British universities, making up less than 12% of academics, even though 50% of the general public vote for right-wing parties, risking systematic biases in scholarship.

The paper offers a number of explanations for how the world of academia has become so homogenous, discrediting the notion that smarter people are uniformly more left wing—in fact, the top 5% of intelligence is split along roughly the same political lines as the population at large.

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