Category Archives: quotas

Anti-discriminatory discrimination

Dalrymple receives an invitation to apply for a high position in the public administration. He writes:

I am too old for job applications, but if I had been younger I might have been tempted.

The employing organisation says that it is

non-discriminatory in its hiring policies with regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc. This is a lie, for one of the criteria of employment is high intellectual ability, which the mentally disabled do not have.

The non-discriminatory employment policy

particularly welcomes applications from women, racial minorities, and people with disabilities.

This, Dalrymple points out,

can only be in order to discriminate in their favour, for otherwise such a welcoming policy is a cruel charade.

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Why Shakespeare should not be taught in schools

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 19.08.33There are, Dalrymple discovers,

no Chinese characters in Shakespeare,

despite the Chinese representing a fifth of the global population. Moreover, fewer than 16 per cent of Shakespeare’s characters are women — a fact drawn to Dalrymple’s attention via electronic message by Oxford University Press. Dalrymple is shocked, and believes

it is time to impose quotas on the sex of characters. Until Shakespeare is rewritten to include more women, his plays should not be taught in schools, banned from them in fact.

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 19.13.22If, he points out,

you measured the proportion of lines spoken by women in Shakespeare, the situation would be worse.

While, Dalrymple says,

the impact factor of certain female Shakespearean characters, such as Gertrude and Ophelia, Juliet, Desdemona, Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, etc., is considerable, it is numbers that count.

Man’s reptile brain

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Intellectual: a genus of lizards native to North American and European universities

Positive discrimination, if not socialism itself, is the antisemitism of intellectuals and of their political and bureaucratic allies

Quotas, writes Dalrymple,

are divisive and discriminatory….The number of categories into which humanity can be divided is infinite: only some categories can be favoured, leaving others resentful and liable to seek political redress.

Quotas

not only politicise life but embitter political life. They formalise favouritism, reinforcing the problem they are meant to solve.

Quotas inflate the role of government,

for someone has to enforce them….The demand for equality (of a kind) undermines freedom because private associations are no longer able to make the rules they wish, a necessary condition for a liberal society in which government is not overweening….The imposition of quotas is founded on the belief that everyone is a bigot unless forced by fiat to be otherwise. This is a dismal view of human potentiality.

Quotas are condescending towards those favoured but unjust towards those not favoured.

You cannot have positive discrimination without negative discrimination, often towards minorities (actually everyone is a member of many minorities). You will end up with a virtual numerus clausus such as operated in élite universities in America against Jews until quite recently.

Screen Shot 2014-03-02 at 23.34.16Those who favour quotas use

a form of argument similar in form, and not dissimilar in content, to that used by antisemites. How come so small proportion of the population should achieve such prominence in academia, publishing, journalism, the media, retailing, industry, banking, finance? The only conceivable answer is that this sector, through some subtle and conspiratorial informal organisation, manipulates itself into prominence. On this view, the Swedish academy that awards the Nobel prizes for science is some kind of front organization for a shadowy conspiracy.

The only solution to the injustice

is countervailing political action. This kind of argument, of course, featured prominently in Nazi propaganda and, alas, was highly effective. It appeals to Man’s reptile brain.