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Amiel, Barbara  
[Feminist writer Kathleen] Mahoney sneers at 'formal equality' as a right-wing concept that must be replaced by 'substantive equality' -- a code for statistical parity, with quotas and privileges for women. These feminists are, in fact, promoting gender wars. They have already played havoc with the workplace and had a very adverse influence on such major institutions as the military, and, of course, the judiciary -- not to mention the family. Far from nation-building, they are destructive of the nation and highly detrimental to the fabric of our society. Like all ideologues, they have structured a universe in which everything proves whatever they wish it to prove and it is all used to structure a matriarchical system in which they will be able to wield almost unchecked power through intimidation, the establishment of standards and structures of morality that suit their ideology and function to their own benefit.

Mar. 9, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper
Of all the concepts that the totalitarian instinct of our times has bequeathed to society - including racial and gender job quotas and laws against free speech - the seemingly harmless slogan 'equal pay for work of equal value' is potentially the most destructive of a free society.

Aug. 5, 1985 - from a column in Maclean's Magazine
Bork, Robert
If racial discrimination is to be tolerated whenever the government has some purpose in mind, however trivial the purpose and however attenuated the connection between the purpose and the discrimination, the courts will be in for some very ugly tasks.

Dec. 31, 1990 - from a column in National Review
Burris, Alan
Tariffs, quotas and other import restrictions protect the business of the rich at the expense of high cost of living for the poor. Their intent is to deprive you of the right to choose, and to force you to buy the high-priced inferior products of politically favored companies.

A Liberty Primer
Coolidge, Calvin
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.

Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
Elder, Larry
When blacks were freed they should have been compensated, but they weren't. There's nothing that can be done about that now. I think what America has done in paying on this debt is affirmative action. And frankly, that's 30 years of failing to hold blacks to the same standards of behavior as they would expect their own sons and daughters to adhere to. What America owes black people is a statement that we are going to evaluate you based on your talents. America owes the commitment not to discriminate. All a state can be is just in its own time, and America must attempt to be just in its time.

Apr. 1996 - from an interview in Reason Magazine
Morally, quotas cannot be defended.

Apr. 1996 - from an interview in Reason Magazine
One of the problems with affirmative action is that it has primarily benefited people who are already prepared.

Apr. 1996 - from an interview in Reason Magazine
Gingrich, Newt
... while we shouldn't have 'affirmative action' we should have 'affirmative outreach' - especially in education. We want every child to be so well educated that he can pursue happiness without needing a quota. If an ethnic group is not getting enough people into law school, the answer is to reform the local primary and secondary schools. And education is pre-eminently local - local parents, local children, and local teachers. ... In addition, children should go to safe, well-disciplined schools where they are expected to learn the basics.

Nov. 01, 1997 - from a speech delivered at the International Conservative Congress, quoted by National Review Magazine
Hoffer, Eric
We clamor for equality chiefly in matters in which we ourselves cannot hope to attain excellence. To discover what a man truly craves but knows he cannot have we must find the field in which he advocates absolute equality. By this test Communists are frustrated Capitalists.

1955 - from The Passionate State of Mind



Kirk, Russell
Fifth, conservatives pay attention to the principle of variety. They feel affection for the proliferating intricacy of long-established social institutions and modes of life, as distinguished from the narrowing uniformity and deadening egalitarianism of radical systems.... The only true forms of equality are equality at the Last Judgment and equality before a just court of law; all other attempts at leveling must lead, at best, to social stagnation.

1993 - from "Ten Conservative Principles", in the second chapter of The Politics of Prudence
O'Rourke, P.J.
We've been nice to the liberals for too long. They're thugs. The liberal dream is to control people, to oppress and exploit them for some 'higher' goal. ... [L]iberals are always championing laws and social programs which are theoretically good for a class of people while being provably disastrous for people themselves: racial quotas, busing, welfare, my goddamned taxes. ... The core of the liberal belief is that the mass is more important than the man.

1994 - from "The Carribean Refugee Crisis", published in The American Spectator Magazine
O'Sullivan, John
In the past thirty years, American judges have desegregated the entire school system; ordered the release of hundreds of violent criminals from allegedly overcrowded prisons; levied taxes in order to increase educational spending; removed a legislative prohibition on ethnic and gender quotas and then made such quotas mandatory; redrawn electoral boundaries and then laid down the rules for drawing them up in future; set aside the laws of fifty states on abortion by making it a federal civil right; declared nude dancing to be protected speech under the First Amendment ('What,' I always wonder, 'is the girl saying?'); compelled local authorities to put low-income housing in middle-class areas; and much, much else that was formerly thought to be in the domain of electoral politics.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
The liberalism [rampant today] is a combination of ever-extending economic regulation (heath and safety, environmental rules, race and gender quotas) and a social radicalism disguised as social liberalism (condoms in schools, gay marriages). Both the regulations and the permissiveness are justified as extending equity, establishing a level playing field, etc. Extending freedom is sometimes cited as a justification, but this claim of social liberalism is easily exposed as bogus. Try removing a child from a morally offensive program of sex education, or refusing to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple, or selecting employees on the basis of tests or talent and the liberal state will soon make plain that in its philosophical house there are not many mansions.

Nov. 06, 1997 - from his essay "Why Conservatives Must Reject Liberalism" published at IntellectualCapital.com
Russell, Bertrand
Dogma demands authority, rather than intelligent thought, as the source of opinion; it requires persecution of heretics and hostility to unbelievers; it asks of its disciples that they should inhibit natural kindness in favor of systematic hatred.

quoted in The Degeration of Belief by Laird Wilcox
Zeller, Richard
There was a time that ... honorable people could disagree honorably; now, any challenge to the campus sacred cows (feminism, affirmative action, and multiculturalism) is denounced as evil.

Sep. 28, 2000 - quoted by Larry Elder in "The politically incorrect professor", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.