Gary Krupkin Responds To Me

Wow! Somebody thinks about my stuff!

I wanted to take a moment to respond to your recent column in AVN Online, published December 12, 2008, entitled They Never Give Up (v 1.5) . [Ed.'s note: That's version 1.5; like how programmers note it when they update computer programs]

The column is insightful and offers many distinct examples of the manner in which neoconservatives, specifically, and the Republic Party, generally, has debased our democratic ideals.  I would like to approach our historically ordered sense of liberty and justice from a different, albeit intuitive, perspective.

I am an attorney by trade, so the politics of red and blue stimulate my adversarial nature.  I also hold post-graduate degrees in finance, marketing and management.  This permits me to analyze issues in multiple dimensions.  I would like to share a different viewpoint in response to your article.

The political right focuses the core of its political power on two (2) discreet populations: conservative religious groups and secular individuals espousing narrow-segment issues.  A cursory review of the media surrogates speaking on behalf of the political right frames the difficulty faced by neoconservatives, both presently and in the future; i.e., (1) a physical population that is growth-stagnant, and, (2) an unwillingness to diversity beyond core issues based on political, social, and financial mores of a bygone era.  Your article candidly pinpoints both of these difficulties in a quote from Mr. Michael Medved, a long-recognized delegate of the conservative viewpoint.  He forcefully rejects "labor unions, trial lawyers, alternative energy entrepreneurs, gay activists, teachers, environmentalists, community organizers . . . and other liberal constituencies . .  ." (emphasis added).  Rejection of this staggering number of people, combined with an unacceptance of their political, social, and economic opinions identifies the escalating predicament for conservatives in future elections.  Simply stated, the political right refuses to diversify its population base and ideological mien.

Considering the importance of diversity from a position other than political strength bolsters its political effectiveness.  Diversity is an economically sound business practice, not just social or political "correctness."  For example, it appears that President-elect Obama will rely on a diverse leadership within his administration to sharpen the variety of ideas and viewpoints bearing on the decision-making process.  His commitment to diversity, shared by the majority of political progressives, attracts a larger base of interest groups and helps retain them as committed stakeholders.  By contrast, the conservative agenda suggests a decreased "market-share" of individuals, responsive merely to insular issues.  This puts the conservative agenda in jeopardy from strictly a population dimension.  However, the conservative agenda lags further behind because it fails to develop a diverse platform that would otherwise encourage positive interactions among a wide variety of groups.

The advantages of political diversity follow those of economic diversity, including, (1) population and financial resource acquisition; (2) marketing advantage; (3) creativity and problem-solving capacity; and, (4) organizational flexibility.  The diversity initiative thematic and elemental in Mr. Obama's platform is diametrically opposed to that emphatically espoused by conservatives, including Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and to a lesser extent, John McCain.  Their strident rhetoric failed to dispel the negative impression that conservatives are reluctant to fight discrimination in individual and societal norms and will continue to drive away potential recruits to their views.

For example, by some population estimates, whites now comprise a minority of the U.S. population, and white males will account for only 15% of persons entering the workforce between 2005 and 2015.  Mr. Obama recognized this important trend when he originally began his campaign for the White House; i.e., as our population becomes more heterogeneous there is increasing importance between creating diversity in both political and economic constituencies.  Mr. Obama recognized that which the conservatives do not; developing and maintaining human capital is the primary ingredient of a political party's ability to gain competitive advantage and achieve higher performance.  When conservatives vociferously reject the constituencies noted by Mr. Medved, and elect to withdraw from the political arena suggested by Doug Patton of, they write the Republican party's obituary.  The Republican's demise is neither their rejection of diplomatic sophistication, nor their desire to create a "permanent Republic majority" at any cost" nor their continued debauchery of Constitutional guarantees.  Rather, conservatives refuse to tap the wide variety of human resources available to develop a multicultural paradigm.  Further, the constituencies from which conservatives draw their resources is shrinking both in actual numbers, as their population decreases, and financial power, as the economy continues to flounder under the current administration. 

The broad-spectrum sweep of the Democratics in November points to the wisdom of Mr. Obama and his advisors.  They developed a multi-cultural, multi-issue, and multi-financial constituency that ascended because of enhanced team-building, problem solving, creativity, and innovation.  As we move forward, these critical skills will prove valuable to successfully formulate and implement the strategy that will differentiate one party from the other.  This differentiation will prove to be a sustainable and competitive advantage.  It provides greater benefits for a larger, more diverse, and more economically powerful group than presently available to the conservatives.

It is interesting that while your column and my response is primarily political, that which I suggest is equally applicable to the business model of our industry.  The concept of diversity is the next significant trend available as a competitive advantage to each segment of this industry.

Thank you for your consideration of this response.

(Gary Krupkin is Sr. Vice-President and General Counsel to Dallas-based adult businesses Sara's Secret and Condoms To Go)


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