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Diversity? November 24, 2016

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A telling use of the term diversity in the following from the IT by way of the Financial Times this morning:

Donald Trump has moved to add gender and racial diversity to his new administration, picking the first woman and the first African-American to join his incoming cabinet.

For:

The president-elect reached beyond his inner circle to pick Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s governor and a critic of Mr Trump during the campaign, as UN ambassador. And he asked Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who ran for the Republican nomination, to be housing secretary, and nominated Betsy DeVos, a major Republican donor and sister of Blackwater founder Erik Prince, to be education secretary.

And yes, there is a degree of diversity, though so far one would have to note that the picks to date are overwhelmingly male and white. But note how the issue of ideological content is somehow entirely detached from this.

Carson is near reactionary, Haley is conservative at best (though anti-Trump in the past) and as for DeVos… even the briefest appraisal of her policy positions suggests nothing good.

Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, said: “Her efforts over the years have done more to undermine public education than support students. She has lobbied for failed schemes, like vouchers – which take away funding and local control from our public schools – to fund private schools at taxpayers’ expense. These schemes do nothing to help our most vulnerable students while they ignore or exacerbate glaring opportunity gaps.

“She has consistently pushed a corporate agenda to privatize, de-professionalize and impose cookie-cutter solutions to public education. By nominating Betsy DeVos, the Trump administration has demonstrated just how out of touch it is with what works best for students, parents, educators and communities.”

Another hard right figure or three added to a hard right administration.

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1. Phil F - November 26, 2016

Diversity is a key concept in modern bourgeois economics and social policy though: https://rdln.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/respect-for-diversity-modern-nz-capitalisms-necessaryby-ideology/

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2. CL - November 26, 2016

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/meet-the-devos-family-super-wealthy-right-wingers-working-with-the-religious-right-to-destroy-public-education/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amway

https://theintercept.com/2014/10/22/blackwater-guilty-verdicts/

‘For the past fifteen years, the nation’s public schools have been a prime target for privatization…hese days, those who call themselves “education reformers” are likely to be hedge fund managers, entrepreneurs, and billionaires, not educators….
there is no evidence for the superiority of privatization in education.”
https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/12/08/when-public-goes-private-as-trump-wants-what-happens/

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