Hollywood, ESPN, and other debacles: Why can't our ruling class do its job?

Hollywood was happy to talk about politics, too, and lecture the rest of America about how morally inferior we are compared to our show business betters — Hollywood is America’s moral conscience, according to Harvey Weinstein enabler George Clooney. Everyone in Hollywood posed and preened in support of various progressive causes, even as they were, in fact, covering for all sorts of sexual predators. On top of that, most of the films they’ve been making are terrible. (Mostly remakes, comic-book movies and, for variety, remakes of comic-book movies; when it’s something new it’s often a preachy bomb like Suburbicon.)

Of course, in my own field of higher education it’s the same. When students on campus went from simply protesting to disrupting events and classes and mobbing speakers (and fellow students), the leaders of higher education didn’t respond appropriately. Part of it is cowardice on their part, but that cowardice stemmed largely from an agreement with the protesters, because they shared the values of higher education administrators. (I’m betting pro-Trump student groups who shut down classes or assaulted speakers, if such existed, would have been given far less leeway). Now the schools where those protesters ruled, from the University of Missouri to Evergreen State to Reed College to Oberlin College, are in trouble. Had the leaders done their jobs, instead of trying to look good for their peers, the institutions they were entrusted with would be doing better.