Friday, May 10, 2013

Mindless diversity

On Liberty Street hero Thomas Sowell had another superb article earlier this week.  The point of his article is to show that there are many words favored by the supposed intellectual class in our society whose real purpose is to shut down rational thought processes.  To stop thinking, in other words.  In his article, Sowell uses the concept "diversity" as an example:
If there is ever a contest for words that substitute for thought, "diversity" should be recognized as the undisputed world champion. You don't need a speck of evidence, or a single step of logic, when you rhapsodize about the supposed benefits of diversity. The very idea of testing this wonderful, magical word against something as ugly as reality seems almost sordid.  To ask whether institutions that promote diversity 24/7 end up with better or worse relations between the races than institutions that pay no attention to it is only to get yourself regarded as a bad person. To cite hard evidence that places obsessed with diversity have worse race relations is to risk getting yourself labeled an incorrigible racist. Free thinking is not free.
This is an important point Sowell is making, one that far too few people realize exists, yet alone understand.  I strongly recommend you read this article, available here.