Academic Questions

Western canon

Western Civilization, Inequality, and the Diversity Shell Game

J. Scott Kenney

The campus left’s rejection of the Western canon and its focus on racial, gender, and sexual inequality is couched in the language of Enlightenment: "tolerance," "fairness," “pluralism,” and "justice." But the abandonment of the canon has left campus “wokeness” bereft of any substantial consideration of the West’s most important self-critique: economic inequality.