So opposition to the Democratic platform of affirmative action, which is really what Grossman addressed, albeit, in-artfully, is “gross stupidity”? I thought better of you.

How about if you focus on what Seth said, and what I said, and not extrapolate that out to make assumptions about what I DIDN’T say?

Look at the quote:

Grossman called diversity “an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists, basically, to say that we’re not all created equal; that some people, if somebody is lesser qualified, they will get a job anyway, or they’ll get into college anyway, because of the tribe that they’re with, what group, what box they fit into.”

  1. “Diversity” is NOT a statement that we’re not created equal. That’s the gross stupidity I responded to.
  2. The core concept of diversity, stripped of all its political undertones, is simply a recognition that people from different backgrounds have different perspectives. I think that so obvious it shouldn’t need defense.
  3. I do NOT agree, however, that “diversity” is a goal unto itself; that’s where the politics of the matter enter into it. Dems believe (or at least say they believe) that if a work team or a company or a group is diverse, it is better, prima facie; that’s bunk.
  4. What a diverse work team or company or group DOES bring, however, is the possibility that the broad perspectives aforementioned in (2) result in different, and potentially better, consensus and/or solutions. (I’ll come back to this later.)
  5. I did not say, nor do I believe, that lesser qualified individuals should get jobs over higher qualified ones.

I, too, believe the notion that diversity standing alone and by itself as being inherently good is a false, or at the very least, unproven premise.

So, we agree.

There is nothing that shows that just because, for example, a student body is comprised of a statistically proportional mix of various races that the education dispensed and received is in any way superior to the education dispensed prior to achieving such meaningless assortment. Indeed, there is evidence to the contrary. And I have born personal witness to business failures resulting from selecting people based on diversity and not competence.

Agree with all that, too.

And Grossman was correct when he said that the Democrats use the supposed inherent good of diversity to seek equality of outcome and oppose equality of opportunity.

He didn’t say that. He should have. If he had, I would have agreed with that as well. Equality of outcome is a evil, undemocratic thing.

Now, back to (4) above. Does diversity have any value at all?

“Diversity”, at it’s basic level, is a bit like a portfolio of stocks and mutual funds. And a properly constructed portfolio is what?

DIVERSIFIED.

Why? Because different funds that invest in different asset classes, or stocks of companies in different businesses, behave different under different economic conditions. The broad market might be going to hell in a hand basket, but if oil prices are rising, it’s nice to be invested in XOM or XLE.

The enemy of any portfolio is CORRELATION, where all your investments move up and down in lockstep.

And yes, that principle *possibly* (depending on circumstances) translates to work groups. If I am working for a company that wants to figure out how to product in Saudi Arabia, IT MIGHT BE KINDA NICE to have somebody like me around who has relatives there, has visited once or twice, and is generally familiar with the cultural aspects of what sells and what doesn’t.

That reality is part of “diversity” and is not in the least controversial. Hell, we’ve had entire restaurant chains get financially blindsided because they wanted to move into a market in another section of the country, didn’t understand the cultural differences just between their home location and the other state or city, and get killed in the market place.

I have frequently and with enthusiasm applauded your writing and your reasoning but right now I’m wondering, “who stole Kady M.’s password and forged this statement.”

Pfft. You made incorrect assumptions regarding my opinions on the matter. Next time ask for clarification before you start dropping rhetorical bombs.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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