Europeans may not be adept at managing their finances, but at least they’re on the cutting edge of civil rights. On Tuesday a German high court ordered universities to raise salaries for beginning professors, claiming that a base salary roughly equivalent to $60,000 “violated the principle of appropriate pay for civil servants.” The ruling comes on the heels of academic reforms that slashed teacher pay and supplemented it with performance-based bonuses (which were not factored into the $60,000 figure).Last week we mocked the Times for complaining about our old-fashioned constitution’s failure to enumerate and secure every right imaginable. At the time, we were blissfully unaware that our Founding Fathers didn’t create a constitutional provision for academic salaries. Obviously this is a serious oversight. We should be eternally grateful to the Europeans for showing us the way.Supporters of the ruling hope that it will lead to higher living standards for professors. Perhaps the real result will be massive waves of American academics seeking asylum in Germany.