Monday, June 29, 2009

The Hypocritical Left and Right on the White Firefighter Reverse Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 in favor of the white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., on the grounds that they "were unfairly denied promotions because of their race.

I predict hypocritical reaction from both left and right, split along the same lines as the majority and dissenting side in this case. The left will decry this, despite it being logically implied by their racialism. The right will support this, despite it flying in the face of their anti-judicial activism and pretend-federalism.

The libertarian centralists (see also Objectivists and Federalism; Bolick on Judicial Activism) will no doubt cheer this case ... even though it's a precarious 5-4, and the next likely Justice, Judge Sotomayor, voted the other way on this case.

[Cross-posted at and LRC]