John, Jonah: Capitalism is anideological. Capitalists couldn’t care less.
Ideology is hardly ever a thing that interests them. In the old South, laws
had to be passed to stop businessmen violating the segregationist ideology
by employing blacks where they oughtn’t, when they thought they could make a
buck by so doing.
Unfortunately, “anideological” is not the same as “anti-ideological.” Where
the political environment demands that businesses pay lip service to some
ideology, or suffer dire financial consequences through state prosecutions
or private lawsuits, they will pay lip service very punctiliously, in order
to get on with what they are really interested in — creating wealth — with
a minimum of trouble. Hence the spectacle of 1930s German industry marching
to Hitler’s tune: hence all those “sensitivity” and “diversity” seminars
that plague the lives of office workers in America today….