Academic Questions

Intellectual Diversity

June 7, 2021

Self-Censorship and the Academic Mission

Mark Mercer

Self-censorship is widely practiced in university communities, under-discussed though it is. What to do about it?

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April 16, 2021

Even Finance Professors Lean Left

Emre Kuvvet

The faculty at the top twenty finance departments and the editorial boards at the top finance journals are heavily left-leaning. There is little political diversity in the upper echelon of finance aca......

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April 16, 2021

Kipling, Orwell, and the Humanities

Glynn Custred

The study of Kipling and Orwell demonstrates how much is to be gained from a proper education in the humanities. Today, university courses have become instruments of indoctrination.

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February 22, 2021

From Bologna to Zoom: The Evolution of the University

Glynn Custred

Created in Europe and spread throughout the world with the West’s rise, the university evolved from a guild-like medieval institution bounded by Christian doctrine to a flourishing, free-market......

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December 30, 2020

Why Scholars Won’t Research Group Differences

Mark Mercer

A significant number of academics researching or writing about group differences have received censure and punishment for doing so, putting a freeze on this and a number of important and related field......

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December 30, 2020

Can Academia and the Media Handle the Truth?

Robert Maranto and Martha Bradley-Dorsey

Americans of all political bents have lost faith in our "gatekeepers." Academia and the elite media can no longer be trusted to play it straight on politically charged subjects, not the least......

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September 30, 2020

Scholars vs. Ideologues

Julia Geran Pilon

Anti-liberal and often violent radicals from the 1960s have risen to heights of significant power and influence in our universities, positions from which they seek to impose their idea of a Marxist ut......

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September 30, 2020

Not Very Civic Education

Stephen Baskerville

A review of The Breakdown of Higher Education: How It Happened, the Damage It Does, and What Can Be Done, John M. Ellis, Encounter, 2020, pp. 210, $21.72 hardcover.

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September 25, 2020

Variation and Diversity: A Tribute to Freeman Dyson

John Staddon

A model much in need in our times, Freeman Dyson challenged received opinion, “but his criticism was always designed to increase the range of thought, rather than reduce it to orthodoxy.”

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May 30, 2018

The Case for Colonialism

Bruce Gilley

From the summer issue of Academic Questions, we reprint the controversial article, "The Case for Colonialism." 

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