Getting Back To "Bourgeois Basics"?

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Authored by James Howard Kunstler via Kunstler.com,

A very brave law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, named Amy Wax has published the astounding argument that human beings in America would benefit from adopting “bourgeois values” and behaving accordingly.

Bourgeois (Boozh-wah, for the underspeeched) may be an unfortunate term-of-art, since it came to be used as a pejorative back in the old hippie days - something that Ms. Wax might remember, since she is a Baby Boomer - but what else might you call this bundle of traditional values: honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness, loyalty, et cetera?

A glance at Amy Wax’s credentials might induce a head-snap.

Amy Laura Wax received a B.S. summa cum laude in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale in 1975. She was then a Marshall Scholar in Philosophy, Physiology, and Psychology at Somerville College at Oxford University. She earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1981, training as a neurologist, and received a J.D. from Columbia in 1987, where she was an editor of the Law Review. She was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Abner J. Mikva, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1987-88. From 1988-94, she served as Assistant to the Office of the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued 15 cases before the United States Supreme Court. Wax was a member of the Legal Affairs Committee, American Academy of Neurology from 1986-1992. In 1994, she joined the faculty of UVA [U. of Virginia]. She taught courses in civil procedure, labor law, and poverty law and welfare policy. She became Class of 1948 Professor of Scholarly Research in Law from 2000-01. After becoming a visiting professor to Penn Law School in 2000, she joined its faculty in 2001.

By some miracle, she didn’t end up a professor of Intersectional Gender Justice. Of course, the Social Justice commissars around the country regard her as just another neo-Nazi punk committing violence-through-speech against the ethno-sexual minorities who seek to throw off the shackles of Cis-White Privilege oppression. In an op-ed essay in the Philadelphia Inquirer (co-authored with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego School of Law) titled Paying the Price for Breakdown of the Country’s Bourgeois Culture, Wax argued that “the single-parent, anti-social habits, prevalent among some working-class whites, the anti ‘acting white’ rap culture of inner-city blacks” and the “anti-assimilation ideas gaining ground among some Hispanic immigrants” are not suited to a First-World 21st Century Environment.

The law professor encouraged a return to the bourgeois values that characterized the generation that fought World War II.

“That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake,” she wrote.

 

“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.”

The casual observer (from Mars) might take all that as self-evident, but it’s a hard sell nowadays, especially in Ivory Towerville, where, supposedly, the rectified essences of abiding human intelligence are said to dwell.

That super-refined scholarly nation-within–a-nation is also mostly walled off from the more unappetizing realities of what an American-style First-World 21st Century Environment actually is. In fact, that very “environment” is mostly characterized by a breakdown of just about everything that might promote the formerly eternal verities.

It has been accompanied move-for-move by a breakdown in economic relations that leaves a big chunk of the national demographic peon-ized, bereft of work that is either meaningful or pays enough to support a family, and places them at the mercy (actually, there is no mercy) of gigantic, dishonest, avaricious companies and public institutions driven by stupid crypto-religious ideologies.

Oddly, the personal economic calamity represented by that trend is mirrored on the Ivy League campuses where a tiny elite cadre of tenured professors enjoys immunity from both impoverishment and real critical thinking, while an ever-expanding corps of serf-like adjunct teachers does all the heavy-lifting in the classrooms and struggles to pay the light bill — and a new breed of diversity deans and other administrative hierophants feeds gluttonously at the trough of the college loan racket.

The main criticism of Amy Wax’s prescription for cultural improvement is that it’s simply not possible to go back to the economically stable world of the 1950s that supported the roster of human virtues she wants to bring back online.

It may be so, alas, but that still doesn’t obviate the basic value of behavioral norms. And deep down in their dark Gnostic hearts, the Social Justice Commissariat must agree. Otherwise, why would they be promoting so strenuously the exemplary earnest behavior of the DACA “Dreamers.”

Amy Wax was hammered by her colleagues at the Penn Law School for daring to express these ideas. More than half of the law faculty signed an “open letter” of censorious opprobrium against her. They “categorically rejected” her arguments without offering any counter-arguments.

The law school’s chapter of the Lawyer’s Guild is maneuvering to get her fired from her teaching duties. That’s how we roll now in Witch Hunt Nation. I think Amy Wax has the fortitude to get through this. But will the universities ever recover?

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CH1's picture

Work, respect, courtesy, and so on? YES.

Authority and country (politicians, government, etc.)? Hell no!

ScratInTheHat's picture

And hell no to using the word "eschew"!

vato poco's picture

this can't be right. I learned in school that the 50's - and their laughable bourgeois middle-class values - were a time of deadly stultifying conformity. 

society is SO much better served when we're all street & gangsta & mega-ironic & shit

The_Juggernaut's picture

Absolutely.  Young people these days need to stop bitching and work work work to fund my Social Securitah!

JimmyJones's picture

This professor is 100% right but if everyone followed that then who would we have to take advantage of?  The kids would actually be educated.

RAT005's picture

Photo of the capable woman?

JimmyJones's picture

There are plenty of cabable women.

lucitanian's picture

Who would you find to work for the CIA, or NSA? Who would provide the lies and propaganda? How could the MIC get their preemptive wars? How ever would America be "great" again?

Big Creek Rising's picture

Yes, and educated to the point where they could comprehend this article.

Kuntser is fairly good writer, and when he's not pushing his hackneyed antisuburbia diatribe can provide meaningful entertainment.

OneOfUs's picture

That cracked me up so bad I can't explain it. Thank you

what happened's picture

 

How can we model those values when we don't expect them from our government.  We have corruption, extortion in the courts, and abuse of children in foster care.  Our government has been involved in drug procurement and promotion and then uses that against citizens who become addicted.  Jobs for the working class were sent overseas and the government is now working tirelessly to support their free pension/healthcare package to the liberal arts majors in their employment through taxation and institutions that draw funds from the federal government.  The swamp mirrors the decline of social morals.  

 

what happened's picture

 

How can we model those values when we don't expect them from our government.  We have corruption, extortion in the courts, and abuse of children in foster care.  Our government has been involved in drug procurement and promotion and then uses that against citizens who become addicted.  Jobs for the working class were sent overseas and the government is now working tirelessly to support their free pension/healthcare package to the liberal arts majors in their employment through taxation and institutions that draw funds from the federal government.  The swamp mirrors the decline of social morals.  

 

Number 9's picture

you too must be screwed..
the .01% needs free baby blood..

38BWD22's picture

 

 

Kuntsler seemes to have changed his views some.  

These are pretty close to Christian values like love, tolerance, respect for others and forgiveness.

CH1's picture

Good values in any case.

Trogdor's picture

The funny thing about that - he's saying we need these (very Christian) values (or hinting as such) and then "rips" on religion.

Something I noted that was left out of that list, however, is: To be very aware of what those in power are doing with the tacit authority they've been granted ... and drag them through the streets naked an screaming when they abuse it.

Trogdor's picture

And if anyone wants to read this "letter" (psychopathic raving IMO) here's the link:

https://nlgpennlaw.wordpress.com/2017/08/25/penn-nlg-statement-on-profes...

Kudos and PRAYERS to Professor Wax for having the backbone to say what she believed in the face of horrific Leftist raving suppression.

waspwench's picture

Our society is falling apart, and a woman with extremely impressive credentials suggests that we were doing better a while ago, when we attempted to adhere to some very basic and simple values which had  been around for a very, very long time and had been proven to be fairly successful.

This woman is promptly set upon and called a white supremacist and her colleagues demand that she be fired.   They give no reasoned argument.   They simply state that she is a white supremacist.   They do not addresss whether her suggestions might be helpful, and if not, why not.   They do not address the fact that what we are currently doing is not working.   They simply attack her and call her names.   Their statement opposing her is meaningless and inaccurate but they offer no alternatives.

I fail to see in what way Amy Wax' suggestions are racist.   She is pointing out something so simple and basic that there is no way in which it can reasonably be refuted, and that is racist?

O tempora!   O mores!

mickeyman's picture

I think his reference to cryptoreligious ideologies refers to current ideas about gender identity in the modern educational system.

In Toronto, teachers are told not to refer to kids as 'he' or 'she', but as 'it', so the kids can safely decide on their own gender before they turn ten.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

These values were promoted in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras which could be as old as 500 BC. They are timeless. We are foolish to reject these teachings and this is the reason why our society is in decay.

Miffed

Anteater's picture

Read 'Gospels of Thomas' at 7771.org. We are in decay because of

Judaism and usury. Read '200 Years Together' by Soltzhenitzen.

Frankly, we're way beyond 'decay'. We are at the deliberate and

diabolical Trotsky 'perpetual revolution' stage, aided and abetted

by i-Chaos, literally atomization of society through the internet,

while the gribbles 'bicycle' our treasury into their bank vaults.

Read 'The Conquest of Bread' by Peter Kropotkin.  It's all there.

Trogdor's picture

Well, not ALL of us reject them ;)

Their erosion in society can be placed squarely at the feet of the "culture makers" who have been systematically attacking them for decades.

IMO it all really boils down to what I consider the ONE rule : "Treat others in the way you'd want to be treated" a concept so foreign to bankers, pundits, academics, politicians, bureacrats, and CEO's et.al. it's meaningless.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Sorry, DC, but your post is nonsense.

Causes of societal collapse

Common factors that may contribute to societal collapse are economical, environmental, social and cultural, and disruptions in one domain sometimes cascade into others. In some cases a natural disaster (e.g. tsunami, earthquake, massive fire or climate change) may precipitate a collapse. Other factors such as a Malthusian catastrophe, overpopulation or resource depletion might be the proximate cause of collapse.

Significant inequity may combine with lack of loyalty to established political institutions and result in an oppressed lower class rising up and seizing power from a smaller wealthy elite in a revolution.

Jared Diamond suggests that societies have also collapsed through deforestation, loss of soil fertility, restrictions of trade and/or rising endemic violence.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Societal_collapse

 

stacking12321's picture

actually, escrava, it's your post that's nonsense, a non sequitur.

what you say about societal collapse is probably true.

and the arc of collapse won't be influenced much by what you do as an individual.

but what does that have anything to do with the fact that working hard, building savings, and showing respect towards your neighbors and business associates, leads to a better life for yourself and those around you?

 

Escrava Isaura's picture

DC wrote: Christian values like love, tolerance, respect for others and forgiveness. 

First, tolerance and respect are not values but principles. Values you die for. Principles you don’t.

Second, DC, himself, doesn’t live by the two principles that he listed. Did you read his posts about liberals? About Iranians? About Obama?

Third, most religions, Christian one of them, can’t offer any value because they have a major flaw, it covers up one’s sins and crimes by offering, and given the perpetrators forgiveness.

 

stacking12321's picture

it seems like you are hung up on his use of the word "christian" - but to me, that's irrelevant, whether you call them principles or values, whether you consider them "christian" or not.

it has nothing to do with the fact that espousing these attributes leads to a better life and a better future for yourself and those around you.

but your reply to him didn't make sense, you went off on a tangent about societal collapse, which had nothing to do with what was being discussed.

in order to have an intelligent, rational conversation, you need to be able to follow, understand, and directly reply to what's being said, rather than interjecting something unrelated.

Escrava Isaura's picture

Pardon me, I meant to say rights you die for principles you don’t. I realized about this mistake 5 minutes into my bicycle ride so I couldn’t fix it.

All these social tensions, social and financial decay, are all tided up to societal collapse which is a complex organism, meaning, no one can know anything of how and when it will happen precisely.   

Also, bringing religion into a societal collapse is counterproductive because religion is bigotry by other means and it will make you less prepared to face the harsh realities. Religion can be comforting in a personal base and small community, but, in a complex “industrial” society, religion is detrimental.

 

Publicus_Reanimated's picture

Huh?  Jesus -- you know, the guy who espoused those values -- was a Jew.  Only after Paul did we get anything like Christianity.  Gimme dat ole time religion...

Blue Steel 309's picture

(((Kunstler))) is reminding you to be goo goyim. Jews love it when they adhere to the notional Christian values that allow the jews to exploit them.

Theta_Burn's picture

Well done Amy.

You have me as a fan.

And if you chose to run for office...my vote.

buzzsaw99's picture

but what else might you call this bundle of traditional values: honesty, fidelity, thrift, temperance, punctuality, fortitude, gratitude, dedication, kindness, loyalty, et cetera?

 

WHAT ELSE DO I CALL IT?  IT REMINDS ME OF THE BRUTHAS BREAKING WINDOWS IN ST. LOUIS. BRUTHALY LOVE BITCHEZ.  LULZ

they got temperance up the ying yang.

Number 9's picture

“That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake,” she wrote.

“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.”

iow, start out life 300,000 down with interest to the fvkin parasites..
good idea..
not

johand inmywallet's picture

Not necessarily, she never said what kind of education for gainful employment, welder, plumber, electrician are just a few great educations to get for gainful, very gainful employment.

Number 9's picture

welder = lung cancer @ 55 yo
plumber = eating everyone's shit
electrician = fried to a fvkin crisp..

peippe's picture

that's right, these useful idiots are supposed to destroy their bodies 

inside 35 years & have a miserable partial retirement (if any)

because of Western Supremacy.  Go to work drones.  

Be sure to go to church too so you can listen to hypocrits cite 

a compilation of writings that are used as mind control as well. 

Russia looks better & better every day.

ShorTed's picture

unrepentant contrarian = closed minded asshole

Anteater's picture

Chew snoose and spit into a dixie cup at your interview, lol.

-or-

Interrupt the interviewer, and take a call on your i-Phone X.

 

Just had a one-day office support gig last week and

got to eavesdrop on an HR drone whispering to her

friend on the phone that she has a half-million in her

corporate-matching setaside 401k. Half a million HR!

Herdee's picture

Do traditional values include brown-nosing? I see this is how you get ahead today. 

Number 9's picture

being good @ sucking cock and /or eating pussy (depending on who is the boss) is how you climb the corporate ladder..
brown nosing is so last century

Anteater's picture

She probably has her Brazilian waxed into a Hitler schnurrbart.

Something about tight leather chaps, the whip and those black

Christian Louboutin 5" snakeskin heels makes you wanna crawl.

johand inmywallet's picture

Fuck those professors that teach intersected sexuality and the enthno dysfunctional way of life. I have no problem eliminating them as moving targets across an open field, it sure beats static target practice and actually makes them useful for once, even if it is for only 30-45 seconds, of which 30 is the head start.

Number 9's picture

Q: how do you shoot women and children?
A: don't lead them as much

FixItAgainTony's picture

Hopefully she'll take this call to civilization into the ghetto where it is needed most.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

It may be so, alas, but that still doesn’t obviate the basic value of behavioral norms.

What are the norms today?  The owners of Facebook surely know.  

We need to find out...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-18/most-insensitive-survey-results...

youngman's picture

I miss those too....now I dont trust anyone and am always on guard when out in public....

Number 9's picture

humans don't change, just the many tools used to fvk each other over do..
same as it ever was

chrsn's picture

Uh oh.  A dissenting voice in academia?

Mobilize the PC mob