‘Not All Cultures Are Created Equal’ Says Penn Law Professor in Op-Ed

Dan Spinelli, The Daily Pennsylvanian, 10 August 2017

Returning to the American cultural values of the 1950s — thrift, gratitude, temperance, continence, among others — would “significantly reduce society’s pathologies,” says Penn Law School professor Amy Wax in an op-ed published on Philly.com and co-written with Larry Alexander of the University of San Diego School of Law. 

Wax’s piece, entitled “Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture,” condemns “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” as “not suited for a First World, 21st-century environment.”

In an interview with The Daily Pennsylvanian on Thursday, Wax said Anglo-Protestant cultural norms are superior. 

“I don’t shrink from the word, ‘superior,'” she said, adding, “Everyone wants to come to the countries that exemplify” these values. “Everyone wants to go to countries ruled by white Europeans.”

Wax has been affiliated with Penn Law since 2001 and has degrees from Yale, Harvard and Columbia. She has taught widely on subjects related to the family, economics and public law.

After earning a degree from Harvard Medical School, Wax switched course into law and spent eight years working in the Solicitor General’s office during the Reagan, Bush and Clinton…

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