Sunday, January 05, 2014

Disruptive Diversity and Achievement Diversity

The trouble with diversity is in the name. In every area of human endeavor, we prefer quality over quantity. If quality is not a straightforward measure, we make our selections based on our needs.

Diversity has no place in such sensible schemes. The purpose of diversity is diversity. It's not to make anything better. It's pure quantity over quality with the quantity being that of exoticism.

If the group of people you have employed or picked out of a stock photo to represent what your company might look like if it consisted entirely of stock photo models, isn't sufficiently diverse, then it's bad, regardless of how well it works.

Diversity is not necessarily a bad thing. Different people do have different points of view. You wouldn't want a company filled only with only employees under thirty or over ninety. Women have different perspectives than men. Europeans and Asians have different perspectives than Americans.

Some of those differences are helpful in some lines of work. Some aren't. To tell the two apart requires thinking of diversity as a means which is different than thinking of it as an end.

Progressives pay lip service to the idea that diversity can be a means to better things. Diversity to them is an end in and of itself. Diversity is a ritual that expunges white privilege and reinforces the liberal hierarchy of the white man who lets the diverse peoples in all their magnificent diversity through the iron gates of the heteronormative racist patriarchy.

Diversity is a good thing if it's based on quality, rather than quantity, if you select people with different points of view who can contribute, rather than people with different points of view who can shout at you, demand that you respect their feelings and promote them for being professional victims.

Take the Mohawk Indians who built the Empire State Building or the Navajo code talkers. Both were examples of the good kind of diversity in which talents and skills were put to use in a bigger project. Diversity was not the goal of the Empire State Building or WW2. It was a means. And when diversity is a means, then it rewards competence.

When diversity is an end, then it's a form of political correctness that makes a mockery of ability and achievement. Its only achievement is statistical.

Achievement is based on quality. Diversity as an end is based on quantity. 

America was a diversity of quality. Those who excelled,moved forward. A vast landscape made it possible for many people to try many things and to make likely and unlikely successes out of those things. Now that diversity of quality has been exchanged for a useless diversity of quantity.

But that's not precisely accurate.

The progressive ideal of diversity isn't about pure quantity. There is a quality that the left does value. It's disruptiveness. The quality of diversity that they favor is disruptive diversity. On paper they treat the maximum possible diversity as an end. In reality they favor a strategically disruptive diversity.

Diversity is a means to their end of power.

As bad as their ideology of diversity for its own sake might be, their practice of disruptive diversity is far worse since it rewards not accomplishment, but its opposite, the rejection of accomplishment and its deliberate sabotage for the sake of extracting special privileges.

Disruptive diversity has nothing positive about it. Positive things can only come about from it by accident and even then the planners of disruptive diversity will find a way to poison positive outcomes.

Achievement depends on connecting effort, inventiveness and success. Disruptive diversity detaches efforts and inventiveness from success, replacing them with grievance mongering, identity politics and political connections. It is possessed of a tragic view of life in which all efforts are futile because the world is manifestly unfair and so good things only come to those who steal them from others.

The tragic worldview of disruptive diversity is not unique; it's commonplace in most of the more backward parts of the world. The cultures that disruptive diversity draws on are tribal or feudal, incapable of extending trust or kinship beyond close families, unwilling to alter rules or try new things and rejecting merit or outcome as absolute values against which to measure accomplishment.

Their cultures tend to be honor-shame and they steal casually because someone else's property rights are only an abstraction to them while their own rights are a matter of honor to them. They don't have firm morals or ethics. They instead do whatever they can get away with because in honor-shame cultures there are few absolutely wrong acts against individuals (though many against some ideal) that cannot be eliminated by killing them or negotiated away if they cannot be killed.

Stealing a cow or raping a woman is not absolutely wrong. Instead it is an act that brings shame to the victim and honor to the perpetrator. The negotiation process in honor-shame cultures does not remove the guilt of the perpetrator because he has none. It corrects the honor-shame imbalance caused by the act so that the humiliated party recovers some of his honor and avoids the need for a clan feud.

This ideal of stability is what they strive for. The success of one disrupts the honor of others. Those who come from such cultures do not believe in the legitimacy of success. All success is ill-gotten in cultures with few moral or ethical rules that mean anything. The progressive agenda of redistribution appeals to them. Progressives claim that property is theft. In honor-shame cultures, theft is property.

There are few things more toxic to a culture of accomplishment than people who think this way.   

People from honor-shame cultures are not necessarily hopeless and they wouldn't be nearly as disruptive if the culture they were joining had a clear set of rules. In the absence of such rules, parts of London revert to Pakistan, parts of Michigan become Lebanon and parts of Paris become Algeria. Human culture isn't a vacuum. Diversity creates a vacuum that is filled by those who enter it.

Liberals often say that America is a nation of immigrants. This however is true of a great many nations. Immigration, like diversity, is not a neutral value. It cannot be an end for its own sake. America at its most successful was the product of achievement diversity. Today's immigration favors disruptive diversity by importing people who don't even accept the idea of accomplishment.

Europe has the same problem. It is facing an onslaught of disruptive diversity with all the expected problems arising from it.

Disruptive diversity has a political end. Achievement diversity could allow an Italian-Jewish mayor, French and German financiers, an Irish ex-governor and a whole lot of Mohawk Indians to build the world's tallest skyscraper in a year. Disruptive diversity creates a skyscraper sized pile of violence and fraud based on grievances that can never be pacified because the art of grievance is their end.

Achievement diversity makes things happen. Disruptive diversity unmakes things. It leads to a
political power structure in which almost nothing gets done and the politicians can skim off a hundred times as much off the top because no one will even notice.

Allowing the left to hijack diversity was a mistake. It's not diversity that the left stands for. It's disruption. Its strategic advancement of diversity is one means of achieving its larger goals.

Two sets of opposing values disrupt one another. Achievement-based values disrupts cultures that value the unchanging over the ambitious. Disruptive diversity disrupts achievement-based cultures. The two cultures cannot co-exist and must destroy each other's value systems or fall apart.

Diversity can be a strength when it is based on compatible values. But a diversity of clashing values that are completely incompatible is a recipe for disruption, misery and violence.

A diversity of quantity without regard to values is destructive. Not all peoples are alike and not all values are alike. Nor can diversity be considered an absolute good when we certainly would not consider a diversity of ethics or a diversity of criminal records to be good things.

A diversity that leads to growth can only be a diversity of achievements; not a diversity of failures, hatreds and resentments.


Anonymous said...

I love you to pieces Daniel but you used my PC pet peeve word twice in your headline and then in the first sentence. Grrrrrrr.


But it's you, so it's okay, and you're making a point. Now I'll go and read the article, not just the first sentence.


Anonymous said...

Diversity has destroyed any sense of competance and ulitmately mission accomplishment in not only the Federal Government but in every organization that adopts it for whatever its reasons are. It is a continuation of the societal "dumbing down" that Daniel Patrick Moynihan argued for. Your diversity players have only one team their playing for and that is the team who gave them the job.......not necessarily the client that the team is supporting.

Anonymous said...

When I was young I was professionally disrespected b/c I was female.

Unknown said...

No, Diversity is neither a quality nor a quantity. It is not even a characteristic. It is a euphemism. Certain diverse types are not wanted at all, in any amount - hillbillies, swamp dwellers, courtly old southern Gentlemen, cowboys, religious firebreathers, and more. Another euphemism for The Diversity is The Vibrancy, and we all want that is someone else's neighborhood or company. It is what we all want for someone's else's existence until we leave the office and go back to our own safe and restful mono-versity.
Diversity is also a booby trap because implementing it requires decision-making on the basis of stereotypes; and stereotyping is also verboten. Try making a movie "Amos-n-Andy meets Charlie Chan", and see if "Diversity" keeps you out of trouble.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

There is nothing more stressful than living in a diversity world. The public schools have been like that for decades. Educational accomplishment goes down but the stress of being there is incredible. Having to deal with the garbage and have to hope that grades are a ticket out and not learning itself it is a disaster in the making. Achievement has rewards but diversity just means there is another round of grievances coming up. If you are not taught how to be a grievance group you are lost.

Doug Mayfield said...

'...the rejection of accomplishment and its deliberate sabotage for the sake of extracting special privileges.'

You nail it. The Left wants an end to earned rewards based on individual effort. Their purpose in touting 'diversity' is an indirect attack on rewarding individual achievement.

Anonymous said...

Peeking at the future,
List of countries sporting a 'fair quota' of diversified population, that is one third whites, one third mulattos, one third mestizos (white+indian) and ten % pure indians AND their cultural achievements:
- Countries ranging from Rio Grande to Plate River
- Achivements: strident music, hypercaloric diets, drug cartels, corrupted governments and excruciating poverty.
There maybe other explanations but they aren't true...

Anonymous said...

Beg your pardon. It should say 30% where it says one third. Percentages may vary but the point is the same. Compulsory diversity quotas will bring about generalized poverty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. You've pin pointed exactly why that term drives me nuts. So that's my PC pet peeve word. My PC pet peeve term is "best practices." All well and good but the term is over used, especially among community organizing. Best practices of the diverse communities are destructive.

Yep. Over used words and phrases especially post 2008.


Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

it's a bad fusion of business buzzwords crossing over into social activism for the worst of both worlds

Anonymous said...

Deadly Sins and Heavenly Virtues according to the catholic church
Lust (excessive sexual appetites) - Chastity (purity)
Gluttony (over-indulgence) - Temperance (self-restraint)
Greed (avarice) - Charity (giving)
Sloth (laziness/idleness) - Diligence (zeal/integrity/Labor)
Wrath (anger) - Forgiveness (composure)
Envy (jealousy) - Kindness (admiration)
Pride (vanity) - Humility (humbleness)
Leftists lack every single virtue and are proud of it. Vanity being the worst of sins, leads men to play God (social engineering is called nowadays) through forced diversity

Anonymous said...

Diversity is also a booby trap because implementing it requires decision-making on the basis of stereotypes; and stereotyping is also verboten.

That would be true if 'diversity' referred to anything other than color (and maybe sexual orientation). Your average leftist just wants a black looking man and an oriental looking woman who thinks just like the leftist to round out their diversity cred.

I get a kick out of the occasional Hollywood and academia navel gazing regarding minorities in high positions. As if Hollywood and academia hasn't been overwhelmingly leftist for decades.

One only has to look at high school clubs and sports to see truth in stereotypes. Both the football team and the math team are over-represented by specific minority groups.

BeRight said...

This is one of your best.

Anonymous said...

Imagine that there is a happy couple with two children. Imagine that they hire a cute perky Nanny. Suppose that she seduces the husband and the marriage is in trouble. The couple wish to save the family so they go to counseling. What would happen if the nanny walked into the room? She is the expert. She was there. We know that the family will never heal or be whole again until the nanny is gone.

What pray tell do the founding stock of this nation need to be told by non Whites who are the problem? The ones who come into the happy family's life, or into America, which the founding stock NEVER consented to in the first place, and cause the problem, then inflame the founding stock by presuming to tell us how to live with the diversity they caused.

I suggest that any solutions to the problems caused by diversity be used in israel after it is forced to be diverse and the Palestinians have the right of return. See how it works for jews then we might try it.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

This is what diversity looks like in Israel

The third organization called HaKilerim (The Killers) was considered the most dangerous and specializes in collecting protection money from Jewish businessmen, Sudanese refugees and Romanian workers, Chinese and Filipinos who settled in the area and opened small businesses, as well as prostitutes and drug addicts. This organization also operates betting parlors, massage parlors, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants. In addition to all those engaged in smartphone robbery, kidnapping cases, pimping, drug dealing in very large quantities, bike theft, running stalls selling ethnic foods and making deals on the street.

“Those who do not pay us, we break a bottle over the head,” says Ibrahim, a member of the criminal organization “The Killers.”

Nobody messes with the Sudanese and Eritreans,” says a clothing store owner in the area. “The Chinese were very strong here but have now almost disappeared. They are afraid to enter into a tussle. Even the police do not deal with them. There were some that came to my shop, because I did not want to give them free clothes, they took what I had and fled.”

Strelnikov said...

"Diversity" is simply a code word for "more blacks". No other group provides PC approved "diversity". A few years ago I heard a representative of a NE school district praising the district's diversity efforts by saying that one school had achieved "80% diversity". The school's enrollment had increased to 80% black.

Anonymous said...

Another word manipulated by the left to undermine a sense of common purpose and comradery. Like the word tolerance, it is used by the left to describe the lowest levels of human difference, race and gender, for which they profess tolerance, but not to describe the higher levels, values, morals and reason, for which they have no tolerance.

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