Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

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The Philosophy of Social Spontaneity

The Philosophy of Social Spontaneity

The Philosophy of Social Engineering and its progeny have permeated most American institutions. It thus represents the greatest threat to freedom we have yet faced, because it subverts from within. Yet we have seen that its assumptions, methods, and results are not logically, empirically, or morally strong enough to withstand serious questioning. So the determining factor will be whether the American people have sufficient will to keep asking questions-- and keep refusing to accept dishonest answers--until the social, political, and cultural structures of social engineering can be dismantled.

Assuming that we as Americans will have that staying power, the question then becomes: What next? For however misguided the ideology that turned calls for equality of opportunity into demands for special favors and guaranteed outcomes, the problems addressed by the civil rights movement were and are real. Discrimination against black people is a fact of American history. Their achievements often have been invisible. The problems addressed by the early feminists were also real. Some women undoubtedly have been denied recognition and refused opportunities simply because they were women. Likewise, when gays have a factual basis to fear being physically attacked in the street, something is surely wrong.

Many people are indeed so insecure in their identities that they

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