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.”