Diversity

When more diversity means less real diversity

Featured image A fascinating footnote to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 acceptance speech, about which I wrote about here, was the Arizona conservative’s insistence on the importance of “diversity.” Goldwater used the word six times in his 30-plus minute address. In describing the problems besetting America, Goldwater complained that “we have lost the brisk pace of diversity and the genius of individual creativity.” In describing his vision of America, Goldwater spoke of “cherished diversity »

Civil War on the Left, Part 7

Featured image Talk about the left hand not knowing what the far left hand is doing, check out the story about the ruckus at Portland State University last week, where a group of essentially fascist thugs shouted down a panel stacked with leftists at a conference on “Law and Disorder,” which has a deliberate anarchist flavor.  (See the poster below.) The problem was that one of the panels included a fellow named »

The new Dodd-Frank rules — modern liberalism in a nutshell

Featured image The almost non-stop stream of Obamacare twists and turns should not divert our attention from radical new regulation of mortgage financing that will take effect, pursuant to Dodd-Frank, on January 10, 2014. Diane Katz of the Heritage Foundation has the details. As Katz points out, Washington’s response to the financial crisis of 2008 rests on the premise that the housing bubble and subsequent crash were the fault of unscrupulous mortgage »

Conservatism’s increasingly uneasy relationship with “corporate America”

Featured image I wrote below about yesterday’s meeting at which leaders of the technology industry urged President Obama to alter America’s electronic surveillance policy in order to advance their business interests. The meeting brought to mind Lenin’s alleged statement that “the capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” The meeting also brought to mind an excellent article by John Fonte about the relationship between big business and the »

Education, immigration, and diversity

Featured image According to a just-released study, eighth-grade students in more than half of the U.S. states performed better than the international average on a test in science. In math, eighth-graders in 36 states outperformed the international average. On the other hand, even students in top performing states were significantly outperformed by their counterparts in South Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. I imagine that the results of this study will provide fuel for »

Does This Ad Make Me Look Racist? (Chapter 3)

Featured image We have commented before about the Sensitivity Police who use electron microscopes to spot the most minuscule trace of racism wherever it can be found, such as this Volkswagen ad, and this ad for the Discovery Card.  Here’s the latest entry in the Racism Overreaction Playbook: a Cheerios ad featuring a mixed-race couple (below), which you would think would receive the approval of the Multidiversiculturalites.  But apparently it has caused »

When “Diversity” Means Conformity

Featured image I wrote here the other day about how “diversity” has become a latter-day Stalinist concept, when it doesn’t imply downright hate from the left, just as “multiculturalism” is cover for self-loathing of Western civilization rather than a genuine curiosity about what might be learned from other cultures.  (I think it was Allan Bloom who pointed out, for example, how few of the devotees of “multiculturalism” actually bother to learn a »

When “Diversity” = Hate

Featured image If memory serves, Irving Kristol once remarked that the term “peace,” as it was used by the left, “is a Stalinist concept,” since the intent of the so-called “peace movement” was the unilateral disarmament of the West and the triumph of Communism.  Today the term “diversity” works the same way: it has become a term meaning the opposite of its dictionary meaning, and is a vehicle for racial division and »

Dartmouth contemplates hitting a new low

Featured image Charlotte Johnson, Dartmouth’s Dean of the College, says that Dartmouth is considering a distributive requirement or some sort of mandatory course focused on diversity and inclusion. Clearly, Johnson has in mind a course that touts the value of diversity and inclusion. But wait. Dartmouth grants racial preferences to ensure that its undergraduate population is “diverse” and “inclusive.” And by all accounts, including my daughter’s, Dartmouth succeeds in creating a racially »

Holder to stay on as Attorney General

Featured image Roll Call reports that “despite being the first attorney general ever to be held in contempt of Congress, Eric Holder intends to stay in his post for the foreseeable future.” According to Roll Call, “Holder had been expected to step down relatively early into President Barack Obama’s second term.” But no such luck. There’s a certain logic to Holder’s retention. Obama has made a series of in-your-face nominations — Chuck »

Time to dial up some diversity

Featured image Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has handed in her resignation, bringing an end to an undistinguished tenure. Solis was the first Hispanic woman to lead a major federal agency, and her departure will leave Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as the only Hispanic in President Obama’s cabinet. Moreover, Obama has just nominated white males for Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Treasury, and CIA Director. Expect him to use »

Diversity, or whatever it takes

Featured image In its editorial opposing Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, the Washington Post wrote: Mr. Obama has available other possible nominees who are considerably closer to the mainstream and to the president’s first-term policies. Former undersecretary of defense Michèle Flournoy, for example, is a seasoned policymaker who understands how to manage the Pentagon bureaucracy and where responsible cuts can be made. She would bring welcome diversity as the nation’s first »