Lest my blog posts or the title of this blog cause any confusion, I would like to offer another brief statement of clarification regarding the nature of Right Scholarship. Right Scholarship refers to the reclamation of ideas, scholarly approaches, and conceptions of the intellectual life that have been dismissed as rightist or reactionary by the left-liberal academy. The goal, however, of Right Scholarship is not to establish a rightist hegemony in academia, but to “right” a crippling imbalance. Academia has fallen, and is lying flat on its back. Righting academia means helping it back on its feet.
Much of what passes as scholarship in our universities, and especially in the humanities, is part of a vast campaign of unscholarly denigration. We must ask ourselves:
Why must the study of culture be accompanied by the denigration of the canon?
Why must the study of gender be accompanied by the denigration of masculinity?
Why must the study of homosexuality be accompanied by the denigration of “heteronormativity”?
Why must the study of race be accompanied by the denigration of whiteness?
Why must the study of “post-colonial” societies be accompanied by the denigration of colonialism?
I do not claim to be politically neutral; rather, I am openly a Catholic conservative. At the same time, I realize that academia ideally provides a space where radically divergent thinkers may interact and where truth trumps political expediency.
It is up to Right Scholars, both inside and outside the academy, to ask the questions above in a frank and rigorous manner.