I think Jonathan Haidt is wonderful. I bought The Righteous Mind (?) when it came out, and was very impressed with his understanding of how politically-engaged people think.
I know, from personal experience, that there are plenty of academics on the Left side of the barricades who are actually pretty sensible people. (Leftism and Rightism are, basically, best thought of as dispositions, not ideologies.) However, I also know, from personal communications with them, that they are increasingly worried about becoming targets of the Social Justice Warriors, and therefore, keep their mouths shut.
In academia, there are things which are true, but which you cannot now say, if you want to remain there and have a quiet life.
One area where many conservatives go wrong is to think that if someone doesn’t stand up and denounce an unConstitutional, or otherwise bad, government directive, or directive from their employer, that they are worthless people. So I have read hundreds of casual demands by rightwingers that someone in the military, or the police, should refuse to obey this or that order.
In other words, they should lose their job, lose any chance of getting a similar job, lose their pension … and when I have suggested that anyone who demands this of others should therefore share the financial burden of the principled resigner, I get silence.
One or two or three people can stand up for principle, and get financially compensated by patriotic equivalents of GoFundMe. (GoFundMe itself is NOT for patriots.) But you’re rolling the dice when you do that.
The reality is, most people are not going to be martyrs. A few will – professors, military people, policemen … we have had some examples of these brave people over the last few years. But to ask most people to do that … is to mis-understand human nature.
Mass resignations, supported by a huge mass movement … that’s possible. (The same logic applies to police strikes.) But we on the Right do not have such a mass movement yet. We have the numbers, but not the intelligent, savvy, organizational leadership.
In any case, although there are many people who are consciously on the Left who do NOT endorse the PC/SJW insanity, we can see which way the current is moving. They remain silent, and I can completely understand why. They see which way the wind is blowing, and, as with most of us, self-interest will override commitment to principle.
Big events can change this … events which make it seem to be that the wind’s direction can be dramatically reversed… otherwise there would never be revolutions … but don’t expect ordinary people to sacrifice themselves just for a principle.
Looking at current political trends in the US, we have to estimate not where we are at this particular moment, but in which direction are we moving. A man who jumps from a high building can shout, as he passes each window, “Okay so far!!!” … but it’s the direction of motion, and the final result, which count.