Excellence or Affirmative Action — pick one

Before you start yelling at us, check out what Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and Larry Elder think about the absurd and harmful practice of affirmative action. Imagine it applied to the 207 Nobel Laureates in Physics. Imagine how awful the NBA would be if it were applied there. Don’t even mention ballet!

All of which brings us back to Amy Wax and her non-controversial, except for today’s leftist madness, newspaper piece saying this: 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.

If you think that this is controversial, then it’s you who has the problem. (Which explains, psychologically, why the true believers can’t just disagree with you, they have to go crazy mad-angry on you.) Anyway, Scott Johnson has a long talk by Amy Wax, and a letter from a sane Penn trustee telling the university to stuff it. Yay, sanity! BTW, in her talk, Wax notes one of our favorites, the lady professor at MIT who got the vapors over some comment by Larry Summers.

Change of pace:

And now for Bonus Fun: there’s a movie on Sundance and it clarifies why Stephen King doesn’t like the President; he thinks Christine is running the country.

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