For the far-left professors who populate most of America’s universities, virtually any comment can be twisted into an ostensibly abusive statement. While rhetorically championing freedom of expression, it is all too obvious that many of these ideologues only approve of speech that supports their extremist views.
For one Wellesley College professor, even her own words were deemed intolerant when used by someone with whom she disagreed. Julie Matthaei made no mistake that she considers herself a Marxist, using the word to describe herself in her official biography. For the sake of context, she is listed as a “Marxists-feminist-anti-racist-ecological-economist” on the Wellesley website.
When the Employment Policies Institute decided to develop an ad campaign opposing job-killing minimum wage increases, it used Matthaei’s comments on the subject – as well as those of other leftist economists – to make an ideological comparison. As a way to identify her background, the group used her own self-description to offer clarity.
In response, Matthaei complained that she was being “red-baited” by the group, calling the use of her own words “a shock.”
EPI’s research director expressed his confusion over the reaction in an interview with Campus Reform.
“She acts as if she is sort of shocked by this ad; but it’s your description of yourself,” he said. “So, if you’re offended by your own words, that’s fine.”
Michael Saltsman was also interviewed by the Boston Globe, which published an extensive report on the controversy earlier this week.
“I think we should be asking questions as to whether that’s the person whose insight is most valuable on raising the minimum wage,” he explained. “I don’t think it is.”
For her part, Matthaei did not shy away from her disdain toward free market capitalism.
“I believe we can find a higher level of economic life that’s more cooperative and more environmentally sustainable,” she said.
Despite a worldview that bolsters her own autobiographical description, however, Matthaei apparently resents having her own words used – in context – against her. In a subsequent statement, she explained why she reacted with such resentment.
She said she felt EPI “is red-baiting me because it disparages and dismisses my opinion about the minimum wage solely because of the fact that I describe myself as a Marxist-feminist-anti-racist ecological economist – and not because of any lack of knowledge or qualifications on my part.”
Aside from singlehandedly keeping the hyphen industry afloat with her rambling title, she concedes that she has no real interest in preserving the economic foundation on which America was founded. That admission in itself should provide fans of capitalism with sufficient cause to question her opinions on the matter.
–B. Christopher Agee
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