William Shughart | Monday August 11, 2014 at 4:37 PM PDT | Comments Off on Taking Offense at Every Word or Phrase?
A recent news item suggests that if offense possibly can be taken, it will be taken. We have just been treated to studied outrage at the nicknames of the NFL’s Washington “Redskins”, Florida State University’s “Seminoles” and MLB’s Cleveland “Indians.” As my friend and colleague Randy Holcombe reminds us in a recent blog, the...
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Tags: Affirmative Action, Censorship, College, Native Americans, political correctness, Public Opinion, Slavery
Jonathan Bean | Sunday August 3, 2014 at 9:28 AM PDT | Comments Off on Classifying America: Government’s Power to Define Is the Power to Discriminate
In one of the most famous phrases uttered by a Supreme Court justice, Potter Stewart defended his ruling in an obscenity case (1964) by refusing to offer a clear definition. Instead, he stated: “I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be [hard-core pornography]; and perhaps I could...
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Tags: Affirmative Action, Blacks, Business, Civil Liberties, Civil Society, Classical Liberalism, Culture, Discrimination, Equality, Fraud, Liberty, Mercantilism, Native Americans, Politics, Progressivism, Racism, Regulation, Taxation, Urban Issues, Welfare, Whites
Jonathan Bean | Wednesday June 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM PDT | Comments Off on 50 Years of Mischief: The Triumph and Trashing of the Civil Rights Act
The Civil Rights Act was not a perfect law—no law is perfect–but it did embody two principles of the long civil rights movement: First, the individual (not the group) is the measure of justice. Secondly, nondiscrimination is mandatory for the government and worth pursuing in our private lives. If policymakers had enforced the Civil Rights Act in good faith, time might have eroded the tendency to view others as members of a group, rather than as individuals.
Tags: affirmative action, Affirmative Action, civil rights, Discrimination, Employment, History, individualism, Inequality, race, Race and Liberty in America
William Shughart | Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM PDT | Comments Off on Is “Redskins” Offensive?
Controversy over the nickname of the NFL’s Washington Redskins has been swirling for nearly a year. Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that it had withdrawn governmental protection for exclusive use of that name, meaning ironically that anyone (an individual or business enterprise) henceforth can call itself the “Washington Redskins”....
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Tags: Affirmative Action, Law, Nanny State, Native Americans, polical correctness, Property Rights, Regulation, Sports, sports teams. NFL. Washinton Redskins, US Patent and Trademark Office
Vicki Alger | Saturday October 13, 2012 at 2:20 PM PDT | 2 Comments
When is a quota not a quota? That seems to be the burning question in the latest Supreme Court case on race-based college admissions. It’s also a problem of the Court’s own making. Twenty-two year old Abigail Fisher claims she was denied admission to the University of Texas at Austin because she is white....
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Tags: a perfect union, Affirmative Action, Chief Justice John Roberts, Civil Society, Constitution, diversity, Education, Fourteenth Amendment, Law, Liberalism, Obama, racial quotas, Racism, Supreme Court, Top Ten Percent Plan, University of Texas at Austin