Skip to comments.Sowell: Words That Replace Thought
Posted on 05/06/2013 12:07:15 PM PDT by jazusamo
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.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the government has a "compelling interest" in promoting diversity apparently more compelling than the 14th Amendment's requirement of "equal protection" of the law for everybody.
How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a "compelling" need?
Conversely, why does India, one of the most diverse nations on Earth, have a record of intergroup intolerance and lethal violence today that is worse than that in the days of our Jim Crow South?
Even to ask such questions is to provoke charges of unworthy tactics, and motives too low to be dignified with an answer. Not that the true believers in diversity could answer anyway.
Among the candidates for runner-up to "diversity" as the top word for making thought obsolete is "fair."
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'When I use a word,' Humpty O'Bumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean neither more nor less.'
” How does a racially homogeneous country like Japan manage to have high quality education, without the essential ingredient of diversity, for which there is supposedly a “compelling” need? “
Hey Tom, you mean “unity” is our strength, and not “diversity” ?
I am sadly amused by all the commercials that tell me (and everyone else) that we “DESERVE” their product or service. I first became aware of the “You deserve a break today” commercials for McDonalds. How do they know what I “deserve”? Maybe I deserve a punch in the nose!
“Diversity is an obstacle to be overcome, not a goal to be achieved”
That's another term, in this situation for judges, that is designed to relieve them from the burden of thinking. Compelling state interest means a majority of Leftist Blackrobes just punted on the Constitutionality of the decision.
You and a lot of other people. ;)
That reminds me of those great old Hawaiian Punch commercials.
I'll give the Professor another one: sustainable. Oh, goody, it's sustainable. Gotta be sustainable. No good at all if it isn't sustainable. *Sustainable*. SUSTAINABLE!! Like a broken leg that lasts for five years is better than one that's only temporary.
Certain enemies of freedom in America have mangled the English language so that it’s becoming unusable for legit debate and discussion.
I doubt you do. ;-) But I completely agree with your objection. I hate the word "deserve" in advertising. A total appeal to vanity.
Sustainable is a good addition.
Obummer and thugs have done an outstanding job sustaining an ever increasing debt with much more to come with obummercare coming up. Should this immigration bill pass we’ll be too far gone to recover.
The Balkans have got plenty of diversity.
Hasn’t done them a darned bit of good.
More words that replace thought - “zero tolerance”.
That means that “thought” is explicitly prohibited.
Absolutely...Our communist public school system loves “zero tolerance” because the indoctrinated administrators lack thinking ability and common sense.
How can the following be a cornerstone of western civilization - German language, German Composer, German Orchestra, and German Conductor?
Oh, I get it. Jay-Z at the White House is diversity! Wha’s da bitches and hoes?