Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (DIE, or as they like to call it DEI) initiatives have taken over the corporate world, reaching into every aspect of our work, school, and lives. What is “DIE,” though? New Discourses founder James Lindsay explains the idea and its history in unprecedented depth in this new series from an in-person workshop, breaking down each of the three letters in detail. What we’ll find is that it’s a contemporary and managerial repackaging of Marxism.

EQUITY: In the first episode of the series, Lindsay dives into the concept at the center of DIE: Equity. It is not possible to understand DIE initiatives without realizing that equity is what drives them. Equity is the goal of all DIE programs, which is to say that DIE programs exist to force captive audiences of people to achieve “equitable” redistribution of resources, status, and wealth according to neo-Marxist Identity Theories like Critical Race Theory. Equity is an administered political economy in which shares are adjusted so that citizens are made equal, including shares of social and cultural capital. In other words, it’s an expansion of socialism. Once we understand what equity is about, the purposes of “Diversity” and “Inclusion” initiatives become clear.


DIVERSITY: In the second episode of the series, following his discussion of equity as (expanded) Marxism, Lindsay articulates that “Diversity” initiatives are rooted in the goal of installing ideologically consistent political officers within organizations to effect and enforce policies directed toward achieving equity. These political officers, often called “Diversity Officers,” are in fact a rebranding of the older concept of commissars, who enforced Marxism in the same way.

INCLUSION: In the third and final episode in the series, Lindsay explains that “Inclusion” is an overarching value structure for the “Diverse and Equitable” commissar system that’s being installed. In fact, it’s a justification not for inclusion as most people understand it, but for censorship and purges, just like in any Communist state. Inclusion, and its extension in “Belonging,” are a manipulative strategy akin to Mao Zedong’s “unity, criticism, unity” formula for taking over not just institutions but the value structure of populations and bending them toward socialism (or, in this case, equity). Join James Lindsay as he breaks down “Inclusion” and makes it clear that it’s exactly the opposite of what it sells itself to be.