- - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Many organizations and committees claim to celebrate diversity. They have members of various ages, geographical areas, genders, sexual orientations and races (albeit there’s not much importance placed today on the inclusion of white males). The only diverse quality that none of them ever advertises for is philosophical.

This is a tragedy because philosophical diversity is the only meaningful diversity, especially if you want diverse ideas. After all, not only do the other categories of diversity not necessarily possess a variety of views, but, for example, it should be insulting to a black person or a gay person to assume of that they have specific opinions on any given subject. We should all be respected as individuals.

This problem is especially evident in government boards and commissions. I have served on several of these and am always frustrated by the lack of philosophical diversity they represent. The members come from all the various groups mentioned above, but they all seem to all favor more government, and they thus become a rubber stamp for the government entity that appointed them. For example, bond committees always want more government bonds. They never oppose government spending; they just want to make sure the money is spent on their pet project. The same is true for transportation committees on which I have served. Members tend to support liberal spending plans for outmoded and inefficient systems that benefit from central planning (like light rail) because they are appointed by government officials who (mostly) want to spend more government money and spend it in ways that most conservatives would not favor.

If we truly want diverse views on any of these committees, we must ask for people who have diverse views. That can only be done by asking about philosophical orientation.


Phoenix, Ariz.

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