Notable & Quotable from Friday’s WSJ, from remarks by Christopher DeMuth, former president of the American Enterprise Institute (1986-2008), on accepting the Bradley Prize, April 6:
Think tanks have risen to prominence and influence at a time when two much older institutions—the ones they are closest to—have been in decline. Universities and colleges have succumbed to demands to embrace orthodoxy and suppress open inquiry and dissent. Government and politics have succumbed to demands to regiment every aspect of society and commerce and ameliorate every difficulty of private life. . . .
In universities, armies of diversity deans, teacher-sensitivity trainers, and student-contentment counsellors are displacing faculty—whose tenured positions are supposed to carry responsibility for upholding academic standards. In government, fleets of specialized agencies are displacing elected legislators—whose constitutional positions are supposed to carry responsibility for deliberation and collective choice.