Lab Rats: Guardian's Best Non-Fiction, 2019 (English Edition)
- Lab Rats: Guardian's Best Non-Fiction, 2019 (English Edition)
Lyons thinks capitalism has derailed, and the overemphasis on profits has led
companies to ill treat their employees. He advocates for Social Justice Activist
companies that Do Good (or what the liberals consider good). Forced diversity, forced
economic equality, and otherwise propping up socially and economically disadvantaged
groups is what constitutes doing the Right Thing, according to Lyons. He seems to think
there is rampant racism in the corporate world. He points to there being too many white
males in positions of power in companies as the proof.
But, equality (or proportionality) of outcomes cannot be guaranteed even in a perfectly
just society. Besides, the thing that Lyons frowns upon - profit - is the perfect
antidote to racism. Someone looking to make money cannot afford to be racist. She will
automatically hire the most qualified person for the job, and automatically promote the
best employee. Forcing diversity is what introduces racism into the mix. Despite Lyons'
objections, looking after one's own interest is a righteous thing. Companies doing what they
do to stay in business does a lot of good to the society - it keeps people gainfully
employed, fed, clothed, housed, and alive. Liberals seem to have trouble with this
concept. They keep touting socialism no matter however many times it fails.
As for ill treament of employees, it is not an issue if there are plenty of jobs. People
will opt to work for the better companies, and the bad companies are forced to change
their ways if they are to be able to get anyone to work for them. And how can we ensure
there are plenty of jobs? May be we should look to President Trump - the man that Lyons
refers to as a 'chimp with a machine gun' - for answers, what with record low unemployment
numbers all around, including for minorities and women. Eliminating needless regulation
and cutting taxes (for everyone, though the rich benefit more because they do pay more
taxes) are what come to mind immediately. Lyons would have a problem with both these.
Another thing that ensures low unemployment is reducing illegal immigration - something
that President Trump is working hard on, and something with which Lyons would have a
problem. Lyons actually says it's a good thing for companies to not help the US
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
I enjoyed Lyons' output when he was Fake Steve Jobs, making fun of the Linux fanatics
(the 'freetards' as he used to call them) regularly. I didn't suspect there was a liberal
side to him.