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Arnold Kling finishes a preamble to a review of a popular book in Political Science:

Instead, I think this reflects the ease with which someone on the left can obtain high status in academia, and the corresponding difficulty for those on the right. If you’re on the right, you have to demonstrate awareness of important left-wing academic ideas, or you will be will be widely denounced as an ignoramus. But the converse is not true. I would bet that I am the first person to dare to suggest that Katznelson suffers from ignorance.

I am not sure the left-right dichotomy is precisely right, I think the dichotomy is correlating with something else. Here is the full piece.

2 Responses to “Kling on Status in Academia”

  1. Harry says:

    Wow, $117 at a discount on Amazon, but $17 at Clean Earth Books, for a new paperback book. You can rent it, too.

    I bet some of the test questions are about the sections in the latest edition not referred to in the lectures or the class indoctrination lectures.

    WC has to write a textbook.

  2. Harry says:

    Sorry — I missed the link, and thought this was about the textbook.

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