Peer Review, Political Correctness, and Human Nature

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    This is not to suggest that scientists invariably reach the identical conclusions about matters they investigate, as witness recent debates about global warming. Nor would I argue that scientific judgments are invulnerable to nonscientific beliefs or value judgments. At the same time, it is noteworthy that creators or interpreters of political belief systems often seek to enhance their prestige and credibility by claiming scientific credentials, for example when Marxism-Leninism is called “scientific socialism.”

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    I have written before about political correctness on several occasions, as in The Survival of the Adversary Culture: Social Criticism and Political Escapism in American Society (Transaction, 1988), Anti-Americanism: Irrational and Rational (Transaction, 1992), Discontents: Postmodern and Postcommunist (Transaction, 2002), and The Only Superpower: Reflections on Strength, Weakness, and Anti-Americanism (Lexington Books, 2009). Some of my articles published in Academic Questions also address the phenomenon. See, for example, “‘Imagined Tyranny’? Political Correctness Reconsidered” (Fall 1994) and “Reassessing the Adversary Culture” (Spring 1996).

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    It seems that according to the logic of political correctness only men can be sexist and only whites racist.

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    See my “Sociology, Selective Determinism and the Rise of Expectations,” American Sociologist (November 1973).

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    The article was entitled “Models of Behavior in Stalinist Literature: A Case Study of Totalitarian Values and Controls,” American Sociological Review (June 1966). It summarized the arguments and findings of my doctoral dissertation.

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    The book under discussion is Political Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999).

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Hollander, P. Peer Review, Political Correctness, and Human Nature. Acad. Quest. 26, 148–156 (2013).

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