This comes in slab and pastille form. It comes in flake form. The light comes from an office where a woman with long black hair is poring over stacks of documents, inputting their data into a spreadsheet. I wasn’t giving those black locks any chance of getting away from me! None of these demands even purported to address our arguments in any serious or systematic way. Furthermore, the charge that a statement is “code” for something else, or a “dog whistle” of some kind-we frequently hear this charge leveled, even against people who are stating demonstrable facts-is unanswerable. And who decides what is code for something else or what qualifies as a dog whistle? For example, Nature’s Garden doesn’t have a special letter code and number for Joy Wax. They also have a paraffin-coconut wax blend. Crime rates have been going up substantially in certain parts of the country which are usually patrolled by heroes, but nobody is making an effort to stop them.
Recipes for making wafers at home are readily available in the many “receipt-books” that borrowed (or pirated?) from each other. Bourgeois values aren’t really so bad, he conceded, nor are all cultures equally worthy. His answer was that he didn’t like my saying, in my interview with the Daily Pennsylvanian, that the tendency of global migrants to flock to white European countries indicates the superiority of some cultures. A half white and half pink crayon makes bubblegum pink. A raft of letters, statements, and petitions from students and professors at my university and elsewhere condemned the piece as racist, white supremacist, hate speech, heteropatriarchial, xenophobic, etc. There were demands that I be removed from the classroom and from academic committees. Yet these once common standards of practice have been violated repeatedly at my own and at other academic institutions in recent years-and we increasingly see this trend in society as well. Reject their example. Not only are they failing to teach you the practice of civil discourse-the sine qua non of liberal education and of democracy-they are sending the message that civil discourse is unnecessary. Many expressed the thought, “You said what we are thinking but are afraid to say”-a sad commentary on the state of civil discourse in our society.
Offense and upset go with the territory; they are part and parcel of an open society. It is gratifying to note that the reader comments on the open letter were overwhelmingly critical. But beyond the absurdity, note the choice of words: “attack” and “damage” are words one uses with one’s enemies, not colleagues or fellow citizens. At the very least, they are not words that encourage the expression of unpopular ideas. As Humpty Dumpty said to Alice, we can make words mean whatever we want them to mean. How do you make a wax seal? A good quality stick of sealing wax was expected to be smooth and glossy, of a deep clear color. Brick dust was used as both a coloring agent and a filler, and low-grade turpentines were substituted for the top-quality Venice turpentine used for the best sealing waxes. It was made principally of beeswax and Venice turpentine, then coloured with various pigments, commonly vermilion or cinnabar to give a red colour. Beeswax didn’t work quite how I wanted it to.
That is how things should work. I read things every day in the media and hear things every day at my job that I find exasperating and insulting, wax letter seal including falsehoods and half-truths about people who are my friends. Imagine yourself as royalty living in a castle or a person living in the country-side who rides horse carriages into town. In my view, the 33 professors who signed this letter are anti-role models. This is embarrassing.” Another wrote: “This letter is an exercise in self-righteous virtue-signaling that utterly fails to deal with the argument so cogently presented by Wax and Alexander. 4. Pour wax into the mold, filling each mold about halfway up. These days sealing wax is made of sturdier materials to last longer and get past the mailing process. I do not agree with the contention that because a past era is marked by benighted attitudes and practices-attitudes and practices we had acknowledged in our op-ed!