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The NBA and the United States are importantly disanalogous.
The NBA is a competitive market, with agreed-upon success conditions (team success brings higher revenue), whereas the US is a liberal society, which in addition to success conditions (economic growth, intl. educational rank, etc.) has institutional constraints to strive for.
Some of these institutional constraints include matters like distributive fairness, equality under the law, etc. Even if doing so is not "efficient," we should make sure that members of races have equal access to, say, police security.
You can build an algorithm based on basketball skill and it will overwhelmingly select for black athletes. That’s not controversial because the only thing you *want* this algorithm to give you is best basketball performers. The algorithm is tied to the nature of the institution.
But building a cultural affinity algo, which Wax saw as a conceptual proxy for white identity, *is* controversial, and rightly so, because it would unjustifiably privilege white identity—a move incompatible with the liberal institutional design of the United States moving forward
The job of an NBA team is to win games. This brings in 💰. The “job” of a nation is significantly more complex. It must balance its pursuit of domestic and international outcomes with the political-philosophical value constraints that define what it is and what it strives to be.
As always, I appreciate @EPoe187 as a discussion partner. Gotta run! More later!
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