EP7: Should We Support Affirmative Action? (On Pojman’s Case Against Affirmative Action)

In June 2023, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that “Harvard’s and UNC’s admissions programs violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment”. This effectively ended race-based affirmative action in higher education in the United States. This led us to ask, is this outcome a disaster for left-wing politics?

On this episode, we read Louis Pojman’s 1998 article, “The Case Against Affirmative Action“. We debate whether any of his arguments against the practice of affirmative action have any merit from the perspective of left politics. We also consider whether class-based affirmative action is preferable.

We also mention the Daily Nous’ sum up of the Supreme Court decision. You can find that here.

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