Freedom: no more, no less.
Posted Jan 17, 2012 2:53 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata
In reply to: Freedom: no more, no less.
Parent article: An update on the Ada Initiative
Affirmative Action is hypocritical and wrong.
Affirmative action is not hypocritical. The proponents of affirmative action are pressing consistent values: they want equality. They believe some immediate inequality is necessary to gain a broader long term equality. I'm not an expert on the sociology myself, and you may very well believe it doesn't work, or even that long term equality isn't valuable enough to forsake immediate case-by-case equality, but if you think support of affirmative action is hypocritical, you probably just haven't listened to what supporters are saying.
Is a doctor hypocritical when he says he wants to ease suffering and then goes and gives a patient a painful lumbar puncture?
Incidentally, I don't hear much argument for affirmative action any more. Affirmative action is about fairness, and the racial etc. preferences being pushed these days are instead about diversity. Diversity is the idea that you get women (or whatever) into your company not to be fair to women, but because your company is better off with a mix.
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