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You Fund Commissars
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in press conference, March 29, 2022 (WGRZ-TV/YouTube)

When future historians look back on American industrial history, the fact that not one of the original 12 components of the Dow — American Cotton Oil, American Sugar, American Tobacco, Chicago Gas, Distilling & Cattle Feeding, General Electric, Laclede Gas, National Lead, North American, Tennessee Coal and Iron, U.S. Leather, and U.S. Rubber — employed a single diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) expert surely confounds the most.

How did they all not immediately go bankrupt?

Of course, the enlightened of our times know better than the benighted of theirs.

“Is it $70 trillion in foregone economic output? Or $23 trillion in USD GDP? Or $172 trillion in lifetime earnings? No matter how you measure it, lack of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) limits national economies and reduces GDP,” a Bank of America report informs.

You fund commissars. Ostensibly because it serves business interests, but really because it serves ideological ones, DEI is everywhere. You fund commissars.

With your NFL ticket, Disney+ subscription, and college tuition, you bankroll the Left’s ideological enforcers. Your tax bill due in two weeks similarly subsidizes commissars who work to marginalize normal within the federal bureaucracy.

The ideological racket goes by DEI, ostensibly standing for diversity, equity, and inclusion, which effectively means conformity, inequality, and exclusion in imposing sameness of thought, unequal treatment in pursuit of equal outcomes, and bizarre speech requirements making a mannequin of us all.

With your NFL ticket, Disney+ subscription, and college tuition, you bankroll the Left’s ideological enforcers.

Nobody aspires to become Charlie McCarthy, especially with Rachel Maddow playing Edgar Bergen. And just as much as the ventriloquists wish to program our speech, they also want us, like Charlie McCarthy, to lack genitalia. This starts with eliminating language elucidating sex differences (you can imagine how it ends).

“Last summer we removed all of the gendered greetings in relationship to our live spiels,” Disney diversity and inclusion manager Vivian Ware explained in a company video obtained by City Journal’s Christopher Rufo. “So, we no longer say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.’ ” Instead, they say “dreamers of all ages.”

The NFL, the bastion of hypermasculinity which exists almost as though to spite DEI by de-cleating all three initials, strangely goes along with the premise that a lack of female coaches (but not white defensive backs) occurs because of prejudice. The NFL now mandates that all teams must employ a coach from an underrepresented group on the offensive side of the ball. “We’ve worked for years and made progress in many areas to ensure that staff and leaders in our office and at our clubs reflect the racial and gender makeup of America,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell explained in a statement, “but we have more work to do, particularly at the head coach and front-office level.”

The universities, where the diversity cult started, predictably show some of the worst DEI excesses.

Jonathan Perkins, the director of race and equity at UCLA, shared on social media that he hopes for the death of the only African American on the U.S. Supreme Court.

“No one wants to openly admit [we all] hope Clarence Thomas dies.” Perkins writes. “Whatever you need to tell yourselves. This whole rule we’re not to wish ill on people is silly. Uncle Thomas is a sexist token who’s committed himself to making us all share in he and his treasonous wife’s misery.” (READ MORE: Disneywoke: The Decline of a Great American Company)

Would DEI enthusiasts allow Perkins to remain in his job if instead of calling Clarence Thomas a “token” he applied that word to Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Tax-funded universities teem with professional ideologues such as Perkins seeking to impose an orthodoxy.

FoxNews.com reports, “A review of salary data shows that the universities of Michigan, Maryland, Virginia and Illinois, plus Virginia Tech, boast some of the highest-paid DEI staffers at public universities…. These institutions’ top diversity employees earn salaries ranging from $329,000 to $430,000 — vastly eclipsing the average pay for the schools’ full-time tenured professors.”

This costs taxpayers an enormous amount of money better used to make higher education more affordable. Heck, they could better use that money on free popsicles for the student body and a Flying Bobs outside of every dorm. This is a racket that pressures payers, like every other racket, to tithe or else. And, like other rackets, that lost money advances something malevolent.

“At the University of Michigan, for example, 163 people were identified as having formal responsibility for providing DEI programming and services,” a Heritage Foundation report by Jay Greene and James Paul informs. “At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), there were 13.3 times as many people devoted to promoting DEI as providing services to people with disabilities. At Georgia Tech, there were 3.2 times as many DEI staff people as history professors. At the University of Louisville, the ratio of DEI personnel to history faculty was 2.9. The University of Virginia had 6.5 DEI staff for every 100 professors.”

The same phenomenon that transformed late-night comedy monologues into political rants nudged the NFL and Disney to imagine satiating cultural Marxists as an essential component of their mission. A bizarre, blinding, total-politics mindset alters inherently apolitical institutions into political actors.

Disney fixates here not on amusement but indoctrination. The NFL focuses here not on competitive, entertaining play but quotas on the sidelines and front office. Universities spend millions here not on education but ideological enforcement.

Politics corrupts. Absolute politics corrupts absolutely.

Daniel J. Flynn
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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website, www.flynnfiles.com.   
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