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Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Sarah Hoyt asks the right question: what’s the margin of civilization?

Look, pretty much any organization can carry one freeloader. Usually, it’s the boss’s nephew. Certain union shops and government offices seem to have more of them because productivity isn’t tied to profit.

But at some point, if all you hire are Pajama Boys and Diversity Coordinators, who’s doing the welding? Who’s going to climb the power pole during the thunderstorm to reconnect the cables? Who’s going down in the manhole – ooops, sorry, person hole – to shovel the clogged sewage? Who’s the roughneck throwing the chain around the drill pipe when you’re coming out of the hole in the Badlands of North Dakota? Who’s the cop wading into the bar fight? Who’s the firefighter climbing down the ladder with my fat a** slung over the shoulder?

Diversity is a fact, not a goal. At least, not for long. After the collapse of civilization, it will be a curse word.

Joe Doakes

As Glenn Reynolds says, things that can’t be sustained, won’t be. Probably holds true for people, too.