Amy Wax Waxes it to “Em By James Reed
When I first saw this article I thought it was the typical academic wanting to ban more things. But, this story has a wicked twist, as Professor Amy Waxx wants to ban the banners, in a delightful way:
“Here are her ideas, implemented as guidelines in her seminars and upper-level classes, lightly edited for clarity: No one can be heard to say, ‘I’m offended.’ They all have permission to be offended. But they just can’t express it. No one is allowed to accuse anyone else, in the classroom or out, dead or alive, of being racist, sexist, xenophobic, white supremist, or any other derisive, identity-based label. No slurs or name-calling. These don’t enlighten, educate, or edify. They add nothing. Give us an argument. Tell us why the other person is wrong. No one can complain to administrators—those officious thought police—about anything said in class. Finally, both the government and private donors need to rethink the lavish financial support for higher education, and especially for elite and selective institutions, which serve only a teeny-tiny portion of our population and which in many ways, I’m afraid, have become an anti-Western and anti-American liability. How can we get the rich to see that supporting elite universities today might not be the wisest and more fruitful uses of their hard-earned money? What we need is a list of alternative causes and alternative institutions and goals for their money that help ordinary, average, unspecial people who have been unduly neglected by our elites and our increasingly walled off from them.”
Of course, we will never see this on the university campuses, as these places are too far gone for saving in my opinion. Still, it is nice that the few remaining voices of dissent are not being immediately silenced by the oppressive Leftist culture that now dominates intellectual life. It makes one hope and pray, all the more, for a Darwinian event, soon.