The Unfairness of the Misnamed ‘Fairness For All’ Act

Aug 7, 2020 by

by Ryan T Anderson and Robert P George, SSRN: Abstract Intransigence is a vice, but there is no virtue in accepting bad compromises. The “Fairness for All” legislation is a bad compromise — and as a result, would be a misguided response to the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision. To show this is not to question the good faith of the bill’s advocates, with whom we have been in friendly dialogue for years. It’s merely to note that despite the undoubted goodwill of the bill’s proponents (and despite...

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The ‘equalities’ agenda has backfired

Jul 7, 2020 by

by Harry Phibbs, The Critic: “I have a dream,” declared Martin Luther King on August 28, 1963, “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.” That inspirational cry for justice – for a colour blind society of individual opportunity and responsibility – has been betrayed. Those thwarting that dream are not some phantom phalanx of white supremacists occupying the commanding heights of...

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Facts vs feelings in the BLM debate

Jun 16, 2020 by

by David Goodhart, Unherd: George Floyd’s appalling murder and the global outrage it triggered has evolved into a broader protest about black disadvantage and racism in western countries. Many people of goodwill, including many white people, have joined marches in the UK. Young friends of mine who have been on the marches tell me I should tread carefully writing about the issue because I cannot know what it feels like to be black in Britain. That is true. Yet if we are going to have an honest...

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The 2010 Equality Act Is Being Undermined by Official Guidance

Mar 7, 2020 by

by Ann Sinnott, Uncommon Ground: One of the most contentious social conflicts today is that between women’s rights campaigners – who protest that women-only spaces, in both public and private organisations, are being eroded to the detriment of women and girls – and transgender rights campaigners, who dismiss such claims as bigoted nonsense and assert that transwomen are women and entitled to access women-only spaces. Scarcely a day goes by without media coverage of this issue and a ferocious...

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Why Our Society Suffers from ‘Mass Derangement’

Dec 11, 2019 by

by Shane Miller, The American Conservative: A hierarchy of victims, tripwires everywhere, no forgiveness—it’s a recipe for madness in any era. In his 19th-century study of crowd behavior, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, the Scottish journalist Charles Mackay wrote: “We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it,...

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‘Fairness for All’ Is Well Intentioned but Inadequate and Misguided

Dec 7, 2019 by

by Ryan T Anderson, The Daily Signal: Working to find legislative compromise can be a good thing. But not every bill that calls itself a compromise is a good compromise. And that, sadly, is the case with the so-called “Fairness for All” legislation introduced Friday. Over the past several years I’ve been in dialogue with the main scholars and civic leaders promoting and drafting this legislation (including participating in a conference on it at Yale Law School in 2017 and authoring a chapter...

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