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28-01-2016, 15:11
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In recent weeks we have had discussions on the amount of diversity (or lack of) in the beer world in the spheres of race (https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/there-are-almost-no-black-people-brewing-craft-beer-heres-why) and class (https://boozyprocrastinator.wordpress.com/2016/01/26/craftbeersoelitist/). And it’s long been a source of complaint in terms of female representation. But is there another aspect of diversity we’re missing?
The great (and black) American economist and philosopher Thomas Sowell once said: “The next time some academics tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Republicans there are in their sociology department.”
Which could easily be paraphrased as “The next time some craft brewers tell you how important diversity is, ask how many Tories and Kippers there are amongst their number”.
And the growth of microbreweries and craft beer in recent decades could be seen as a perfect example of individual enterprise and free markets in action.
For a recent example of the limits of diversity, look no further than here (http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2016/01/20/pride-in-london-bans-marchers-who-wont-further-the-lgbt-cause-after-ukip-controversy/).

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