Tag: affirmative action
K. Lloyd Billingsley | Wednesday June 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM PDT | Comments Off on FAA Puts “Diversity” Over Safety
According to news reports, during the Obama administration, the Federal Aviation Administration diluted standards for air traffic controllers by screening out applicants competent in science and even those with experience as pilots.
Tags: affirmative action, air traffic control, FAA, Obama administration
Jonathan Bean | Thursday July 27, 2017 at 1:35 PM PDT | 0 Comments
Throughout American history, government at all levels has used race to categorize, enslave, segregate, regulate human behavior, and limit immigration with “nationality” quotas that served as substitutes for race. Categorizing by race was essential to racist agendas.
In response, classical liberal civil rights activists struggled to eliminate government-mandated racial categories. They were anything but naive: racism was real, categories or no categories, but the government stamp of approval made things worse–and caused constant mischief in the ever increasing addition of group categories in the census or in immigration statutes. The only feasible solution was the most radical one: the complete elimination of government racial categories. Individuals might discriminate but would no longer have the support of the State. With time, classical liberals felt, the irrationality of racism and xenophobia would give way to better human relations.
Tags: affirmative action, Black capitalism, civil rights, classical liberty, colorblindness, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Detroit, Detroit riot (1967), Frederick Douglass, James Forten, Louis Marshall, Loving, Martin Luther King Jr., NAACP, Police, Politics, politics of crisis, Richard Nixon, riots, Rule of Law
Jonathan Bean | Sunday July 23, 2017 at 12:53 PM PDT | 0 Comments
Fifty years ago today (July 23, 1967), the largest urban riot of the 1960s rocked Detroit for five days (July 23-28). An encounter with the police (shutting down an illegal after-hours bar), sparked looting and arson on a scale far surpassing the riots that had burned in other American cities. While such riots often started with incidents involving law enforcement, the police were ordered—again and again—to stand down and let a small minority of African Americans loot property of small business owners (both black and white).
The Detroit Riot marked a turning point in how American policymakers dealt with race. The classical liberal tradition of civil rights, with its emphasis on rule of law and equal protection (regardless of race) gave way to policies that purposely treated minorities as “protected categories” deserving of treatment not accorded other citizens.
Tags: affirmative action, American History, Black capitalism, civil rights, Constitution, Criminal Justice, Detroit, Detroit riot (1967), Martin Luther King Jr., Police, Politics, politics of crisis, Richard Nixon, riots, Rule of Law
Robert Higgs | Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 10:46 AM PDT | Comments Off on Employers Do Not Systematically and Persistently Pay Women Less than Men for Equally Valuable Work
The quality of economic journalism in the United States is terrible. Day after day, journalists write about the causes and consequences of economic conditions and events without understanding the underlying economics of the situation, and their articles are, as a rule, simply bunk. Here is an example. I have not examined the actual report...
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Tags: affirmative action, Business, Discrimination, Economics, Employment, equality, Inequality, Labor, Law, Women
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
Mary Theroux | Tuesday April 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM PDT | Comments Off on Elizabeth Warren: “We Are Not Resting Until at Least 50 Senators Are [Millionaire] Women”
Elizabeth Warren is out selling herself and her new book, Fighting Chance, and her headline du jour is “We Are Not Resting Until at Least 50 Senators Are Women” I’m not sure why she thinks that would solve her biggest beef, which is, in her words: “Let’s just be real clear – the game...
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Tags: affirmative action, Elections, Elizabeth Warren, Inequality, Politics, progressivism, Women
Mary Theroux | Monday November 11, 2013 at 12:04 PM PDT | Comments Off on Just Say No to Jobs for the Young and Unskilled
As pictured here, Governor Jerry Brown has signed new minimum wage legislation that ups the minimum productivity to be employed in California to $9 per hour starting next year, and $10 per hour in 2016. Supervisors will also have to increase their productivity if they want to stay employed. The San Francisco Chronicle offers...
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Tags: affirmative action, Budget and Tax Policy, Business, California, children, Economics, Employment, Labor, minimum wage, Poverty, progressivism, Regulation, Unemployment, Welfare
Randall Holcombe | Thursday June 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM PDT | 1 Comment
The United States government was founded on the principle of protecting individual rights. The Declaration of Independence says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...” People have rights as individuals, and do not derive their rights from...
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Tags: affirmative action, Civil Liberties, classical liberalism, Constitution, Culture, Family, Liberty, Morality, Nanny State, Personal Liberty, Philosophy, Politics, Regulation, Supreme Court, Taxation, The State, Women
Jonathan Bean | Sunday October 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM PDT | 3 Comments
Over at the New York Times Robb Mandelbaum notes how the Small Business Administration has caved to political pressures and once again made the definition of “small” business so broad as to include virtually every firm in the economy. This was a key theme of two books I wrote in 1996 and 2001, including...
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Jonathan Bean | Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM PDT | 3 Comments
In the current issue of Books & Culture, Professor Paul Harvey (not to be confused with the late radio icon) takes aim at my “imagined” (read: invented) tradition of classical liberalism on race. You can read his full review here. Harvey concedes that Race and Liberty in America rediscovers “understudied authors.” Then he quickly...
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