From Bobby Jindal at The Wall Street Journal, The Roots of Political Polarization
Truth vs. social justice. In a reversal of traditional liberal values, the left now prioritizes social justice over free speech, respect for facts, and the marketplace of ideas. The Obama Justice Department found in 2014 that the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., had been justified, and that Brown hadn’t had his hands up—but that didn’t slow the left’s “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. Many opponents of Brett Kavanaugh made clear that his originalist judicial philosophy made them more likely to believe the uncorroborated accusations of personal misconduct against him.
Preventing a conservative majority on the Supreme Court was seemingly more important than what actually happened years ago. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has documented how the triumph of social justice over truth has resulted in speech codes, safe spaces, bans on microaggressions, and the censoring of conservative voices on many college campuses—the places that should be most dedicated to the uncensored pursuit of truth.