Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong with Affirmative Action

Synopsis

"Civil Wrongs is a long-overdue examination of the philosophical heart of affirmative action and multiculturalism. By returning to the philosophical roots of affirmative action, Civil Wrongs uncovers why it has been unsuccessful in resolving the dilemmas of racial, ethnic, gender, and class discrimination in America. Yates traces how the goals of President Kennedy's Executive Order No. 10925, which first ordered "affirmative action," have been extensively undermined. The ideological force behind this deviation is what Yates calls The Philosophy of Social Engineering - deeply antagonistic to the principles on which the United States was founded - and remarkably close to the totalitarian ideologies which have spawned misery around the globe. Civil Wrongs details a fresh counter-argument for reinvigorating civil rights activism - the Philosophy of Social Spontaneity - which demonstrates that civil rights can be upheld without detrimental government intervention while simultaneously offering women and minorities the opportunity to rise on their own merits." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

There can never be too much intellectual ammunition in the defense of individual liberty, economic freedom, voluntary pluralism and social civility against collectivistic programs like affirmative action. This contribution by Professor Steven Yates is a welcomed addition.

As Professor Yates documents throughout this very insightful and carefully analyzed work, the list of indictments against affirmative action is a long one. It has not benefitted those for whom it was intended. It compromises standards of excellence throughout the economy and the educational system. It undermines the reliance on merit as the standard for college admission, hiring and promoting employees, and awarding contracts. It contributes to the creation of a culture of mediocrity in which efforts by individual minority group members to succeed on their own merits are penalized. It reinforces the stereotype of minority group members as people unable to make it on their own. It adds fuel to racial tensions by incurring the resentment of those not in protected groups. It corrupts the language of public discourse by politicizing such terms as minority, equal opportunity, discrimination, racism, sexism, so that they mean whatever anybody wants them to mean. Its set-aside programs for business enterprises run by minorities, women and the disabled are rife with corruption and fraud. It fosters anti-intellectual scholarship that rejects standards of objectivity, dispassionate . . .

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