What’s Wrong With the Attack on Amy Wax

While we may not agree with what she says, we in academe should defend her right to say it, argues Jonathan Zimmerman.

September 14, 2017

Amy Wax

In 1915, the University of Pennsylvania fired economist Scott Nearing. He had supported a law barring child labor, which got him on the bad side of several businessmen on the university’s Board of Trustees. But his biggest transgression was writing an open letter to evangelist Billy Sunday, urging Sunday to rail against “the railroad interests” and other corporate wrongdoers rather than against drunkenness, blasphemy and idolatry.