I've seen people advocating for girls to go to school cause that makes a countries GDP higher, or corporations with diverse boards of directors have higher share valuations
The biggest problem with using metrics like this to advocate equality? What if you're wrong? What if a free software project kicks out a productive asshole, and 3 years later noone has picked up the slack? What if a company promotes women, and their business isn't doing so great?
Does that mean the company/org should now give up on equality, or diversity? That they should invite the jerks back? The promised benefits never materialised! What should those who advocate for equality say?
People used to think that slavery was economically inefficient, that free labourers would produce more. But much recent scholarship has shown that an enslaved workforce can produce more, and at lower (business) cost! (cf. Baptist's 'The Half Has Never Been Told').
There are things more important than business profits, and sometimes businesses profit from bad things.
@ebel abolitionists persuading slavers that more money can be had with freemen. Typical.
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