You said "academics", in the non-specific, plural form, as if you were saying all academics.StCapps wrote: ↑Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:18 pmAcademia is infested with leftists, to deny that is asinine. The few non-leftists there is are drowned out by the infestation actively trying to convert them and threatening their careers if they don't tow the far-left party line.
It's not just "some leftists" in academia dude, being "conservative" is now considered heretical, and if you aren't far enough to the left for their tastes, which includes almost everyone, you are actively persecuted.
Not denying that (Anglophone) academia is "infested" with SJW leftists (or rather, that the university leadership has no spine and the US department of education doesn't dare anger the parents of rich college kids and cut their purse strings). That has nothing to do with what an "academic" is, though. If there is even one academic, let's say a law student that isn't one of them a scary, dangerous leftist, then your definite claim about "academics" in the plural, is false. The SJW fad will die out. Academia won't. It's been influenced by lots of competing ideas and ideologies through the millenias. The only claim to "left-wing" you'd have, is if we define the left-right paradigm in the context of radicalism (left) vs traditionalism (right). By that definition to question any tradition is leftist. You are a republican, IIRC, a filthy anti-monarchist. Meaning you're a leftist...
There is no problem with "leftist" ideas in academia. You're supposed to be able to discuss and analyze beliefs you don't share, and generally be skeptical in places like that. Problem arises when activists take charge and start demanding that only one idea must be taught, only one perspective defended, and all other ideas branded as offensive and cast out. That's also not something everyone to the left of center, or even far to the left think is alright. Not universallyso , anyway.