‘Creeping Communism’

Social justice”, with its “equity, diversity, and inclusion” of race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, has no room for diversity of opinion. No demonstration of that could be better than the ‘Dimensions Charter Principles’ dictated by the Canadian government to all universities.”

“This new criterion, “representation according to its exact percentage in the general population”, has been institutionalized without any consent of the general population, without any legislation, without any vote. It is an extreme version of “equality”, an equality of results, the concept of equality that is favoured by radical socialists and communists, and which was imposed in failed societies such as the USSR and Mao’s China. “Equality of results” is far from the liberal idea of “equality of opportunity, in which occupational, monetary, and academic achievement results vary according to the motivation, preferences, abilities, and commitments of individuals.

The theory of “systemic barriers, much loved by sociologists, attributes the different distributions of categories of people in society to prejudice and discrimination on the basis of race, gender, and ethnicity. A “social justice”, equitable, diverse, and inclusive distribution would be for each gender, race, and ethnic group to be represented in every department, faculty, and university, in every list of competition winners, in every new hire, according to its exact percentage in the general population.

The theory of “systemic barriers” assumes that there is no material difference among people in regard to motivation, preferences, abilities, and commitments, and that all differences in statistical representation are the result of prejudice and discrimination. This is clearly false. One kind of evidence is the impressive statistical overrepresentation in prestigious fields by members of unpopular minorities, such as African Americans in professional sports, and East Asians and Jews in academia and other professions, which clearly was not the result of prejudice and discrimination against whites, people of European descent, and Christians.

“Another kind of evidence is the poor school performances of some minorities, at least partly due to cultural inclinations and social pathologies of crime and single parent families.

“A third kind of evidence is the differential preferences of members of different categories. Despite the full court press on the part of universities and professional organizations to recruit females to science and engineering, they remain heavily “underrepresented”, in spite of discrimination in favour of females and against males. Where females are free to choose, they choose social sciences, social work, law, or medicine — anything but natural science or engineering. The is true not only in North America, but in the feminist countries of Sweden and Norway, where fewer females choose science and engineering than anywhere in the world.

“A fourth kind of evidence is the poor results of decades of so-called “affirmative action”, discrimination in favour of “underrepresented” minorities. Not surprisingly, individuals from “underrepresented” minorities recruited with weak academic records, given special funding and provided with segregated “identity” housing, do poorly at university.

“Thus, there are many factors that influence “underrepresentation” of certain categories of individuals that are not “systemic barriers” involving prejudice and discrimination.

“Furthermore, if females are subject to “systemic barriers, explicit and unconscious biases, and inequities”, as the government’s “Charter for Dimensions: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” {See below} claims, how can we explain that, according to StatsCan, “Women continue to outnumber men in most fields of study”, making up 56.2% of students, dominating in education, health, and related fields. Is it that females are discriminated against in funding? To take one important example, females account for 60% of the awardees in the ‘Canada 150 Research Chairs Program’. How can we explain why 56.2% female enrolment and 60% of female chairholders are not sufficient “equity, diversity, and inclusion”, requiring, according to the ‘Dimensions’ program, even more places and benefits to females?

“The frantic search for ‘First Nations’ {he means ‘aboriginal’} students to recruit and ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} professors to hire is seen in universities all across Canada. The main problem is the paucity of candidates. My own department made offers to three ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} individuals, but was rebuffed. Still, the search goes on, and posts designated for ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} individuals are closed to others.

“Along with all of the wonderful inclusion of females, ‘people of colour’ {What a racist term!}, ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginals’}, LGBT+, Muslims, etc., there is a necessary corollary: exclusion of people in other categories. The exclusion of males in favour of females begins early, in schools now devoted to feminism that discriminate against males. Under the guise of “diversity”, females are favoured in university admission and funding, and also in hiring, even though they are already in a large majority. The few fields in which men are prevalent — science, math, and engineering — are now targeted for recruiting females to replace males. Will “diversity” be satisfied when universities are 70% female, 80% female, or when males are totally excluded?

Inclusion” of ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginal’} individuals is fine, but when they are exclusively included, there is no room for others. For all of the student and faculty positions dedicated to ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginals’}, the following (and others) are excluded: Cambodian-Canadians, Vietnamese-Canadians, Mongolians, Koreans, Chinese, Fijians, Hawaiians, Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisian-Canadians, Turks, Syrians, Arabians, Iranian-Canadians, Pakistanis, Malians, Nigerians, Kenyans, Congolese, South Africans, Greeks, Italian-Canadians, Germans, French, et al.; you get the picture. Inclusion for the favoured few means exclusion for the rest.

“And what about those pesky overrepresented categories of people? To make room for the “underrepresented”, do we now put quotas limiting the number of people from overrepresented categories, the way Harvard has done with East Asian Americans? And as McGill and other institutions did in the past to keep out Jews?

The “equity, diversity, and inclusion” ideology, often labelled “social justice”, is based on a neo-Marxist analysis of society that posits class conflict between various census categories of individuals: females vs. males, people of colour vs. whites, LGBT+ vs. heterosexuals, Muslims vs. Christians and Jews, ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginals’} vs. colonial settlers, etc., in which females, ‘people of colour’, LGBT+, Muslims, and ‘First Nations’ {‘aboriginals’} have been oppressed, exploited, and victimized respectively by males, whites, heteros, Christians and Jews, and colonial settlers throughout all of history. Social justice” theory thus portrays “the oppressors” as evil and deserving to be overthrown and marginalized. “Social justice” discourse thus vilifies “toxic” males, “racist” whites, etc., and “social justice” policies are aimed at turning the oppression tables by replacing males with females, whites with non-whites, and so on. That is why a supermajority of females is still “equity”, and “diversity” is limited to preferred genders, races, sexualities, and ethnicities. And why the “dead white men” who created Western culture and built Western Civilization should, according to “social justice” advocates, be boycotted.

Social justice” ideology is highly illiberal, in that it treats people not as individuals but as members of worldwide categories. In the name of “justice”, it treats all men as if they are the same, all whites as if they are the same, all “colonial settlers” as if they are the same, because, so the story goes, by means of their social structural position, they all have power and “privilege”. And all women, non-whites, and LGBT+ are the same — all victims! And although “social justice” claims that members of victim categories cannot be racists, sexist, or bigoted, because they have no power (sic), what is “social justice” but reverse racism, reverse sexism, and bigotry toward unfavoured categories of people?

“If the goal of the government’s ‘Dimensions’ program is “to foster increased research excellence, innovation and creativity”, is the best means really to pick people by their reproductive plumbing, skin colour, sexual preference, religion, and ethnicity? Should not research-related criteria be the basis of selecting students and professors? When I was admitting students and hiring professors, I was interested in their grades, test scores, letters of reference, publications, statements of research interest, and I always picked the best in academic merit, irrespective of their reproductive plumbing, skin colour, sexual preference, religion, and ethnicity. I would have felt it to be absolutely wrong, as well as counterproductive, if anyone had suggested it, to give any consideration to these non-academic, racial, gender, etc., factors.

“There is a kind of “diversity” that I do support strongly: intellectual diversity and diversity of opinion. It is only through the confrontation of different views, interpretations, and theories, together with evidentiary substantiation or refutation, that knowledge increases and improves. Social justice”, with its “equity, diversity, and inclusion” of race, gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, has no room for diversity of opinion. No demonstration of that could be better than the ‘Dimensions Charter Principles’ dictated by the Canadian government to all universities.”

–‘Canadian Government Imposes ‘Social Justice’ on All Universities’,
PHILIP CARL SALZMAN, PJ Media, MAY 15, 2019

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/canadian-government-imposes-social-justice-on-all-universities/
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“Deborah MacLatchy, the president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier, called it an exciting move.

“Laurier will receive $384,700 of the funding over a two year period. The money will go toward hiring a faculty member to serve as a senior advisor in equity, diversity and inclusion, two EDI faculty colleagues and a research associate to help support the university’s commitment to be more inclusive.

“MacLatchy said developing diverse role models is a special priority for Laurier, and that they hope to hire more professors from under-represented groups. She said young people are more likely to become interested in science and research when they see researchers who look like them{?}

–‘Feds announce $5.3M for diversity and inclusion in academic research’,
CBC News, May 09, 2019
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/feds-announce-funding-for-diversity-and-inclusion-in-academic-research-1.5129175
“Egalitarian: adjective
–Believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities: a fairer, more egalitarian society.

“This is description of what was the prevailing ethos behind the settlement of New Zealand. It was a colony that was to be largely free from the rigid class structures that locked people into silos of limited opportunity in England and Britain in general. There was a time when New Zealand was by and large an egalitarian society, and furthermore, the gatekeepers of culture in both Government and Education, as well as the ‘man in the street’ understood and supported this idea.

“Today however it is considered insufficient that we be given equality of opportunity, for example by open access to education, employment, financial services, property ownership and political representation. There is a trend now amongst our political elite towards supporting a new idea for structuring society along the lines of what I term ‘equalitarian’:

“Equalitarian: adjective
–Believing in or based on the principal that all people are equal and deserve equality of economic outcomes: a fair, and more equalitarian society.

“One of the ways this is best expressed is in what can only be described as a war against meritocracy. That is to say, working against allowing people to succeed or prosper based upon individual merit.

The problem with forced equality is that the only way to create it is to level down. You cannot level up. You do have to ‘break legs of athletes’, be they musicians, artists, inventors, entrepreneurs or teachers, if you want to achieve equality of outcomes…”

–‘Egalitarian vs Equalitarian being worked out in the classroom’,
Brendan McNeill, A conservative perspective, 30th April 2013

https://brendanslongblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/egalitarian-vs-equalitarian-being.html

‘Government of Canada makes bold moves to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in research’

New pilot program, charter and grants will help universities and colleges make the research community as diverse as Canada.”

May 9, 2019 – Waterloo, Ontario – “Evidence clearly shows that increasing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in research environments enhances excellence, innovation and creativity {Nonsense…}. EDI policies and practices strengthen the research community, as well as the quality, social relevance, outcomes and impacts of research.

“That’s why Canada is taking action to transform the research culture by removing ‘systemic barriers’ in the academic research community.

“Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, launched Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada,
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/EDI-EDI/Dimensions_Dimensions_eng.asp
a pilot program inspired by the United Kingdom’s internationally-recognized Athena SWAN program. ‘Dimensions’ aims to address systemic barriers, particularly those experienced by members of underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, including, but not limited to, women, ‘Indigenous’ {aboriginal} Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/racialized groups {‘racialized’ people are those who define themselves primarily by their skin colour}, and members of LGBTQ2+ {‘alphabet’} communities.

“Minister Duncan also unveiled the ‘Dimensions’ charter, which is available to all research disciplines and fields of study at all post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges, CEGEPs and polytechnics). Institutions that endorse the ‘Dimensions’ charter commit to embed EDI principles in their policies, practices, action plans and culture.

“As well, Minister Duncan announced an investment of $5.3 million in funding under the EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grant program to help institutions advance their EDI goals. This first round of the grant program was open to small universities and colleges to support their efforts to create an inclusive climate reflecting Canada’s diversity in their institutions.

‘Quotes’

“Today’s launch of ‘Dimensions’, along with new grants and a robust charter, will help remove systemic barriers and improve access for everyone to equal opportunities, treatment and recognition in research. This truly is a critical and transformational step for Canadian post-secondary institutions. We know that when we bring together diverse points of view, our health, environment, communities and economy can thrive.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“When we harness the ideas and talents of everyone in the research community, we drive innovation, make our country more competitive, and all Canadians benefit. The announcement today will create more opportunities for women and underrepresented groups in research institutions across Canada, and serves as a powerful step toward building a vibrant, diverse and inclusive research community.”
– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality {and an illegal immigrant}

“Along with identifying and addressing barriers to EDI in our program policies and practices, the federal granting agencies are committed to working with all post-secondary institutions to increase equity, diversity and inclusion in the research community. The evidence demonstrates that taking this direction will make Canada’s research culture even more dynamic and productive.”
– Alfred LeBlanc, Vice-President, Communications, Corporate and International Affairs, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Tri-agency Champion for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

“This is truly an exciting time for the research world as doors open and the talent pool deepens. The proactive steps we are taking now will pay dividends in the future as we create knowledge, examine fresh perspectives, and learn from each other.”
– Deborah MacLatchy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University

‘Quick facts’
“The Canadian version of the charter and ‘Dimensions’ reflect input from consultations held across Canada between August 2018 and April 2019. Post-secondary researchers and leaders, as well as community members from ‘underrepresented’ groups, NGOs and government representatives took part in the discussions.

“The Canadian pilot program is supported by the three federal research granting councils: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

“The 15 institutions receiving EDI Institutional Capacity-Building Grants are:
Aurora College
Cape Breton University
HEC Montréal
Lakehead University
OCAD University
Ontario Tech University (formerly University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
Royal Roads University
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
Université de Moncton
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
University of Regina
University of Winnipeg
Vancouver Island University
Wilfrid Laurier University

‘Contacts’
Daniele Medlej
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Science and Sport
343-291-4204
daniele.medlej@canada.ca

Media Relations
Innovation, Science and
Economic Development Canada
343-291-1777
ic.mediarelations-mediasrelations.ic@canada.ca

Valérie Levert-Gagnon
Media and Public Affairs Officer
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
613-996-2341
media@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

–Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Media-Media/NewsRelease-CommuniqueDePresse_eng.asp?ID=1062

See also:
The Strange Case of Canadian ‘Legal Equality:
“The political — and therefore, ‘flexible’ — tool that is subsection (2) of the Charter means that the Constitutional Principle of Section 15(1) {equality of Canadian citizens} cannot really exist as a ‘Principle’, and merely serves as an inspirational introduction to the court-driven social engineering enabled by subsection (2).

“As a result, legal equality of individual Canadian citizens has become a thing of the past…”
https://canadiansforlegalequality.wordpress.com/2016/03/08/the-strange-case-of-canadian-legal-equality/

https://www.facebook.com/CanadiansForLegalEquality/photos/a.957830780952186.1073741828.956562364412361/957830660952198/?type=3&theater
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