Even “Progressives”

by Don Boudreaux on January 10, 2014

in Nanny State, Seen and Unseen, Self-deception

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

You report that increasing numbers of U.S. firms insist that their employees undergo “unconscious-bias training” in order to rid employees of any harmful yet hidden prejudices that they might bring into the workplace (“Bringing Hidden Biases Into the Light,” Jan. 10).

It’s well and good that “diversity experts” are paid to raise employees’ awareness of their unrecognized biases against people of color, against young people, against old people, against obese people, and against people who graduated from different colleges.  But why not expand “unconscious-bias training” so that “Progressives” themselves can personally benefit from the exercise?

How about “unconscious-bias training” to raise “Progressives’” awareness of their own bigotries – such as their biases against successful entrepreneurs and investors, against consensual capitalist acts, against people who oppose social engineering, and against those of us who sense that programs such as ”unconscious-bias training” smack less of useful worker training and more of “Progressive” indoctrination?

As the first line of your report reads, “Everyone has hidden biases.”

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
and
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA  22030

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