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Saturday, February 27, 2016

When corporate ethics are an oxymoron

A decade ago on another planet, the company I worked for was big on "ethics". Big also on "ethics training", where we learnt all about how America was a "salad bowl" now when in its earlier "melting pot" iteration, other cultures were "lost".

Back there and then, the Social Justice Ws had their own little empire down in the HR department. The worst of them was a female of the Latin American ancestry. Hearing about wonderful diversity, from such a one, is as offputting to me, and *should* be as offputting to you, as it would be offputting to her if she was ordered to sit through a Jared Taylor seminar on white advocacy, on condition of employment. It's actually worse for us because the insinuation is a blood libel: that we are unethical by genetics.

I now know this is a pattern in American workforces, wherever "ethics" is a priority. It is common that the HR peon has a personal stake like our Houston reconquistador had her stake. It is all done to dare white men to speak out; we just have to shut up and hope it all passes over. The speakers love to watch, as well; back in Houston one such made a sarcastic (and sadistic) joke about how this "training" was "fun" for us. In a just world such a work environment would be labeled hostile.

The funny part is that such policies are not even about business ethics. I know because the first time my team and I got subjected to an "ethics" lecture in a workplace setting, I looked it up. If business ethics have a meaning they are about delivering what you promise at the agreed-upon price. The manager of a black-oriented barbershop could refuse to hire non-black barbers just to please his customers, who are more comfortable with barbers who share their hair. Likewise there is no reason another company shouldn't just decide to hire on the basis of workplace cohesion. As long as the employees know what they are getting, no violation of ethics has occurred. The choice to diversify the staff is instead a moral choice. From which it follows, conflating such moral choices with ethics is, itself, an unethical act.

(Whilst we are at it, let us by the way dispense with any pride in being a company at the forefront of The Struggle. You chose the winning side, not the right one. Or, at least, that point is arguable, and coercive and politically-charged lectures aren't the argument for it.)

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