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‘Democrats love diversity, except when it comes to thought’ – Publications – AEI

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AEI ‘Democrats love diversity, except when it comes to thought’ That’s the title of Jason Riley’s excellent editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, here are some “money quotes”: Liberals and the media are celebrating the “diversity” of the candidates thus far—which I suppose is something to cheer if your measure of diversity is skin deep. Liberals tell us that they pine for the “postracial” society of Dr. King’s dreams, but their relentless focus on identity politics belies that claim. In 2019, the only things that truly distinguish the Democratic candidates are superficial characteristics. On any number of issues—single-payer health care, guaranteed jobs, free college—Ms. Harris and Mr. Booker dutifully toe the progressive line. Kamala Harris once believed the way to help poorer

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‘Democrats love diversity, except when it comes to thought’

That’s the title of Jason Riley’s excellent editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, here are some “money quotes”:

Liberals and the media are celebrating the “diversity” of the candidates thus far—which I suppose is something to cheer if your measure of diversity is skin deep.

Liberals tell us that they pine for the “postracial” society of Dr. King’s dreams, but their relentless focus on identity politics belies that claim.

In 2019, the only things that truly distinguish the Democratic candidates are superficial characteristics. On any number of issues—single-payer health care, guaranteed jobs, free college—Ms. Harris and Mr. Booker dutifully toe the progressive line.

Kamala Harris once believed the way to help poorer communities is to hold them to the same standards as everyone else, not to coddle them, and that criminal-justice reformers too often play down the reality of violent crime and neglect its victims. Cory Booker once cared more about kids than the wrath of teachers unions. The Democratic Party today could benefit from some diversity of thought on these matters and others, but as Howard Schultz is learning, their base isn’t in the mood. That means Sens. Booker and Harris will likely spend an inordinate amount of time on the campaign trail apologizing for once making so much sense.

 

‘Democrats love diversity, except when it comes to thought’
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Mark Perry
Mark J. Perry is concurrently a scholar at AEI and a professor of economics and finance at the University of Michigan’s Flint campus. He is best known as the creator and editor of the popular economics blog Carpe Diem. At AEI, Perry writes about economic and financial issues for American.com and the AEIdeas blog.

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