We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Haidt is the Liberal academic who has shaken up the academic world with his self-analysis and self-criticism. He applies the tools of his discipline to his own stifling academic world. From Neili's Two Bombshells for Social Psychologists:
It is almost impossible to overstate the courage, intellectual clarity, and simple wisdom involved in Jonathan Haidt's challenges to his social psychology colleagues. His message is as uncompromising as it is uncomplicated: open up the discipline to viewpoints outside the narrow, left-liberal mainstream, learn from people who have political and moral views different than you own, treat religion more fairly, and stop acting like an insular tribal cult and act more like the open-minded science profession you claim to be.
Apparently it takes "great courage" not to think in lockstep nowadays, in academia. It's a fascinating essay.
I teach History and Government (can't bring myself to call it "political science") at a small, relatively conservative college in Texas. Haidt wasn't talking to my field, but he could well have been as it is increasingly dominated by liberals.
I read with great pleasure his bombshell at his conference when it happened. And I hope someone does something similar for my fields. It is difficult to find books for my teaching fields that aren't written from a leftiest point of view. I know the general answer is to write one myself from a centrist point of view.
But money talks. And teachers either individually or collectively adopt books for their campuses. So there is no incentive to put hundreds of hours of my labor into a work that will not only not sell, but won't be well received.
I might do it anyway, just to watch the libs scream in anger. Generally, they are FAR less tolerant of a conflicting view than right wingers are. Sure, I won't adopt your book if it is rhapsodizing about Che's humanitarian "reforms" but I won't seek to have you fired for writing it. Wouldn't it be nice if I could expect the same treatment if I said that Abe Lincoln was a war criminal for unlawfully invading the South when it excercised its right to secede?