In an email to fellow faculty yesterday afternoon, a committee of Wellesley College professors made several startling recommendations about how they think future campus speakers should be chosen. If implemented, the proposals by the faculty Commission for Ethnicity, Race, and Equity would have a profound impact on the quality and quantity of voices Wellesley students would be permitted to hear. (...) While paying lip service to free speech, the email is remarkable in its contempt for free and open dialogue on campus. Asserting that controversial speakers “impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley,” the committee members lament the fact that such speakers negatively impact students by forcing them to “invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments.”
This is short and easy. It is also important and instructive. The schooling systems deliberately dumb students down. Celebrated former teacher and present day advocate and author offers to us that a sign of a well-educated mind is one that can make connections and is connected to four different things. The four things are thus: Connection to Different Human Styles, Connection to Complex Experiences, Connection to Intellectual Ideas, and Connection to Itself (i.e. self-knowledge)
At long last there is a MAJOR competitive narrative to organization of human beings and ways of life. At long last, the vice-like grip that mainline, entrenched institutions and organizations and persons is weakening, even considerably. For as many problems as globalism surely presents, it would perhaps be seen as a positive that at last competition emerges and opportunities for convalescing changes sprout. Many do not see it this way. The basic boilerplate rejoinder to the Americanism statement or something akin to it seems to be the following: HEY…I DON’T LIKE THAT GUY…AND AMERICA IS RACIST!
For far too long, historians who wrote on inter-racial and inter-ethnic relations focused almost exclusively on the victimization of various groups while ignoring the entrepreneurship and mutual aid that took place within those same ethnic groups. Fortunately, the situation has been changing in recent decades. In my article "The Trouble With Public Accommodation," for example, I looked at how some relatively recent scholarship has chronicled the economic importance of ethnic enclaves and small business development in increasing entrepreneurship among non-Anglo ethnic groups and among immigrant groups in general. Works of note on this topic include An American Story: Mexican American Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation by Mary Ann Villarreal, and a collection of essays called Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy.
Borders of nations, states and even towns and villages, are not just lines on a map or invisible barriers in the dirt. This is what the elites and the mainstream media would like us to believe. Instead, borders when applied correctly represent principles; or at least, that is supposed to be their function. Human beings are natural community builders; we are constantly seeking out others of like-mind and like-purpose because we understand subconsciously that groups of individuals working together can (often but not always) accomplish more. That said, human beings also have a natural tendency to value individual freedom and the right to voluntary association. We do not like to be forced to associate with people or groups that do not hold similar values.