7:20 AM, Oct 30, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
The Republican candidates for president were remarkably unified in the (few) policy preferences they espoused at their debates on Wednesday night. All support cutting taxes and reducing regulation, and all oppose crony capitalism. The candidates may be remarkably diverse in terms of ethnicity and race: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are Hispanic (and, apparently, so is Jeb Bush); Ben Carson is black; Bobby Jindal is Indian, etc. But ideologically speaking, they’re a pretty homogeneous bunch.
The Democrats, meanwhile, find themselves in the opposite situation. Their presidential candidates are all over 50 years old and white. (At least by today’s definition of white.) But there’s a decent amount of ideological diversity among them. Sanders is a socialist; Clinton, as she put it, “represent[s] Wall Street.” O’Malley opposes the death penalty; Clinton supports it.
But there’s an irony here: Today’s Democratic base is famed for prizing diversity; of sexual orientation, of ethnicity, and especially, of race. Yet those same self-professed liberals have grown increasingly hostile to intellectual and ideological diversity: Witness the resurgence of political correctness on places like college campuses, and the complementary increasing hostility to free speech. Yet the three Democratic candidates for presidents are all straight, old, and white: three epithets, in the mind of many bien pensant liberals. The Democrats may have diversity, just not the kind that the base cares about, or even wants. Horror of horrors, they have to look to the GOP for that.
Aug 24, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 47 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Wikipedia defines “startup accelerators” as “fixed-term, cohort-based programs that include mentorship and educational components and culminate” in a “demo day” on which hopeful entrepreneurs make pitches to prospective funders. On August 4, President Obama hosted his own demo day, recasting it to serve a policy goal—that of advancing “inclusive” entrepreneurship and employment. In the East Room he met “a diverse group of entrepreneurs . . .
OPM's seven 'top priorities' includes 'diversity' but not 'security.'4:04 PM, Jul 10, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
On the rise of Hillary Clinton and other underdogsMay 18, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 34 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Our virtues lose themselves in selfishness
as rivers are lost in the sea.
How many minority students = a critical mass? Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is the affirmative action case that won’t go away. It’s been to the Supreme Court once and may return. It is a case that could well turn on a failure to define terms—“critical mass” being the critical term.
Jun 16, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 38 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
It's an article of faith among bien pensant liberals that all institutions in society must achieve perfect gender parity. Consider, for example, the left’s outrage at the dearth of women employed at Google and other tech firms (despite the fact that far fewer women study computer science than men) or its efforts to lower physical standards so that more women become firefighters (despite the fact that most people in burning buildings would rather their lives be saved than politically correct mandates be met).
Coming to Maryland.9:01 AM, Mar 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The state agency in charge of Maryland's beleaguered Obamacare Marketplace, the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE), is looking to establish a standing advisory committee to provide the board of the MHBE advice and input on a "broad range of policy issues." The MHBE sent out a letter to "stakeholders" this week who might have an interest in serving on the committee.
Feb 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 23 • By DAVID GELERNTER
News from academia! “President Salovey and I,” writes Yale’s provost, “have invited a distinguished group of academic leaders to a diversity summit at Yale on February 11-12, 2014. Their visit will include a series of discussions with faculty and administrators about the challenges of diversifying our faculty.” Praise the Lord—at last!
1:32 PM, Oct 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the "Diversity in Cyber Security Conference" tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a press release from the organization hosting the event announced in a press release. The group Women in International Security is hosting the event.
Oct 15, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook resolutely refuses to take the Kennedy Center Honors seriously, and this year’s carefully balanced, politically vetted selection of lifetime achievers in the performing arts—Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova, David Letterman—prompts us to change our mind not one whit.
1:56 PM, Jul 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Arkansas Democratic party is denying presidential candidate John Wolfe the delegates he earned in the state's primary because Wolfe's selected delegates fail to meet the party's standards for diversity.
Our obsession with diversity has produced a governing class of monolithic sameness.3:40 PM, May 10, 2010 • By JAMES PIERESON
President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, the current U.S. solicitor general and former Harvard Law School dean Elena Kagan, is being touted as a “diversity” choice because she is a woman, while there are currently just two women on the Court in a country in which women make up more than half the population.
A misguided policy. 9:43 AM, Mar 24, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Pressing for a world without nuclear weapons, the State Department has been flacking the president’s upcoming Nuclear Security Summit, scheduled for April 12–13: "President Obama has invited over 40 nations to participate, representing a diverse set of regions and various levels of nuclear materials, energy, and expertise."
Does "a diverse set of regions" mean that affirmative action has become part of arms control? Does "various levels of expertise" mean there will be representatives with little expertise as well as great expertise? Is the State Department being run by diplomats or clowns?
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