Are Some Cultures Superior?

Heather Mac Donald brilliantly reports at National Review on the grotesque response to University of Pennsylvania Professor Amy Wax’s defense of bourgeois values.

I don’t shrink from the word ‘superior’” with regard to Anglo-Protestant cultural norms, Prof. Wax told a student newspaper. “Everyone wants to come to the countries that exemplify” these values. “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans.”

Western governments have undoubtedly committed crimes, she said, but it would be a mistake to reject what is good in those countries because of their historical flaws. “Bourgeois values aren’t just for white people,” she had said. “The irony is: Bourgeois values can help minorities get ahead.”

Predictably, various student moblets denounced Prof. Wax for promulgating white supremacy, e.g., the Penn graduate students’ organization GET-UP, which detected “presence of toxic racist, sexist, homophobic attitudes on campus.” The “superiority of one race over others is not an academic debate we have in the 21st century,” GET-UP wrote. “It is racism masquerading as science.”

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  • Maurice Miner

    Now, that cartoon is extremely apt. Well done!

  • Tokenn

    As usual, reading comprehension is hard. The professor was talking about _values_ not race. “Bourgeois values aren’t just for white people,” she had said. “The irony is: Bourgeois values can help minorities get ahead.”

    A university education used to be a bourgeois value. Not so much any more…

    • xavier

      Yup. Africans head north and Italy. Sure some go off further north but a lot stay.
      Bourgeois an attitude a way of life not a skin colour

  • Uncle Screwtape
  • vwVwwVwv

    How would Africa look like without European influence at all?
    Dirt huts, misery, no medicine, no shool, no ways, life expectancy
    about 40 years, pandemi, tribes fighting each other in perpetual micro wars,
    slavery and slavetrade, misery, hunger, pain and death all over.

    Asia would be ruled by kings fighting and depopulating each other’s
    country’s, it would be better then Afrika but not really much.

    Colonialism was evil but it was much better than what was before In most of the examples.

    The best Example is the area I am from, the Caucasian lands, there was
    Perpetual war, Turks, Persians, Tatars, Usbeks (Tamerlane)….
    Butchered their way thru the country, when the
    Russians concurred it, it was bad
    but everyday wars, kidnappings, looting and burning ended, Georgia a
    small Christian country was literally depopulated with only
    about half a million people living.

    It’s Stupid to judge something from the past with the moral standards of today.

  • Dana Garcia

    Illegal immigration proves the superiority of Anglo-Protestant culture. Millions of third-worlders have risked their lives to break into the first world, not the other way around.

  • Manual Paleologos

    Not particularly apropos of anything but the Gary Larson cartoon, is my definition of culture shock. It is not walking down the jungle trail and encountering a guy in a loincloth, with a bone in his nose, carrying a spear. We’ve all read National Geographic. It is walking down the jungle trail and encountering a guy in a loincloth, with a bone in his nose, carrying a spear, with a cellphone up to his ear. The first time you see that, it blows your socks off. The incongruity is initially mind blowing.

  • ntt1

    Larsen covered the same idea with his cultured cows dropping back to all fours when a human approached, it is comical in proportion to how unlikely a scenario is.