Published On: Mon, Sep 13th, 2021

The Gradual Takeover of Universities by ‘Woke’ Consensus

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Commentary A visit to Western universities today will lead to one finding a high degree of groupthink in a number of faculties, with barely a conservative thinker insight. One can only conclude that for years universities have limited their hiring to three types of candidates: left-leaning liberals, socialists, and radical greens. An outcome of such skewed appointment practices is that faculties are now characterised by closed-shop, progressive-leaning consensus. Unsurprisingly, courses that are taught and research that is published, is reflective of this consensus. Consequently, universities are not places where students can go to seek diversity of opinion, debate, or education that prepares them for the real world—where opposing ideas clash regularly. So how did our universities become, as one professor recently described, “social justice factories.” A book by American philosopher Thomas Kuhn offers us some insight. Kuhn’s, Structure of Scientific Revolutions explores the notion of “paradigm shifts,” which explores how …

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