Where Do Conservatives Come From?

A new book has just been released that looks like a fascinating read, Why I Turned Right: Leading Baby Boom Conservatives Chronicle Their Political Journeys.

Elsewhere, the book’s editor, Mary Eberstadt, reveals one of the surprising factors that propelled many of these baby boomers away from liberalism and toward conservatism: the leftist takeover of academic institutions that squelched diversity of opinion.

It is no exaggeration to say that bias on campus not only influenced this generation of conservative journalists, authors, and think-tankers; it is actually part of what catapulted many out of the university and into the ranks of the right. Those who would prefer not to acknowledge the problem . . . do themselves no favor by pretending it does not exist. Ironically, by encouraging ideological blowback, they may actually be creating another generation of academic refugees.

Guess there’s a silver lining behind every cloud.

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