By Bill Korach www.therportcard.org
University of Pennsylvania Professor Amy Wax co-authored an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Paying the Price for the Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois.” The article looks back to the morality of the 1940’s and 1950’s and say it was a good thing for America:
“The causes of these phenomena are multiple and complex, but implicated in these and other maladies is the breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture.
That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.
These basic cultural precepts reigned from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. They could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement. Adherence was a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.”
For these common sense ideas, Professor Wax was savaged by her colleagues on the left who also predictably dragged in the race card . According to the Wall Street Journal:
“The op-ed triggered an immediate uproar at the University of Pennsylvania, where one of its authors, Amy Wax, teaches. The dean of the Penn law school, Ted Ruger, published an op-ed in the student newspaper noting the “contemporaneous occurrence” of the op-ed and a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., and suggesting that Ms. Wax’s views were “divisive, even noxious.” Half of Ms. Wax’s law-faculty colleagues signed an open letter denouncing her piece and calling on students to report any “bias or stereotype” they encounter “at Penn Law ” (e.g., in Ms. Wax’s classroom). Student and alumni petitions poured forth accusing Ms. Wax of white supremacy, misogyny and homophobia and demanding that she be banned from teaching first-year law classes.
Ms. Wax’s co-author, Larry Alexander, teaches at the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution. USD seemed to be taking the piece in stride—until last week. The dean of USD’s law school, Stephen Ferruolo, issued a schoolwide memo repudiating Mr. Alexander’s article and pledging new measures to compensate “vulnerable, marginalized” students for the “racial discrimination and cultural subordination” they experience.”
Once again the campus left wants to shut down speech they don’t like rather than engage. The Wax-Alexander op-ed confronted important issues responsibly and with solid grounding in social-science research. The result of all of this anti-free speech activity sends a message to professors and students not to challenge the reigning ideology. The result is an ever more monolithic intellectual environment on American campuses that resembles a totalitarian society rather than a free society.