"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Peter Kirsanow - 2,000 Flavors and Counting - The more race categories you add, the more pointless they are

Kirsanow's piece regards the diffictulty inherent and/or almost pointless racial categorization in the census and the recent U.S. Commission on Civil Rights briefing recently. The number of categories to be counted in 2010 is 126.

"The problem with any such data collection is that classifications based on race and/or ethnicity are inherently arbitrary, unscientific, and inaccurate. Consequently, their utility in informing government programs and policies is, if not marginal, then at least suspect."

Interesting read into the arbitrary.

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