The MacLamity

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Monday, January 09, 2006

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Political correctness's greatest unpleasantness is its tendency to reiterate its worthy abstract goals, and to leave the hard work of achieving them to other people. . MacLamity really is not sure what Ms. Tyson was thinking when she made this decision as part of her fight to bring more women into the boardroom: "There was an attempt to draw up a list of 100 women who might be candidates for boards, though Laura D'Andrea Tyson, an academic and former adviser to President Clinton who was charged with finding candidates, decided in the end that such a list was unnecessary." Of course it wasn't necessary. But it would have been a fantastic tool for debate, of great use to companies actually looking for board members, and the best proof possible of the commission's principles.

The list would have been incredibly hard to do. A commercial headhunter would charge something like the net national product of luxembourg to find 100 board members. But what really did the list in, I imagine, is that it is easy to ask the world "What are you going to do about it" with a weary and outraged expression. It is far harder to say "Here is what you can do about it right now."