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The 'Equality' Racket

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Feb 18, 2006
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    Some time ago, burglars in England scrawled a message on the wall of a home they had looted: "RICH BASTARDS."
    Those two words captured the spirit of the politicized vision of equality -- that it was a grievance when someone was better off than themselves.

    That, of course, is not the only meaning of equality, but it is the predominant political meaning in practice, where economic "disparities" and "gaps" are automatically treated as "inequities." If one racial or ethnic group has a lower income than another, that is automatically called "discrimination" by many people in politics, the media and academia.

    It doesn't matter how much evidence there is that some groups work harder in school, perform better and spend more postgraduate years studying to acquire valuable skills in medicine, science or engineering. If the economic end results are unequal, that is treated as a grievance against those with better outcomes, and a sign of an "unfair" society.

    The rhetoric of clever people often confuses the undeniable fact that life is unfair with the claim that a given institution or society is unfair.

    Children born into families that raise them with love and with care to see that they acquire knowledge, values and discipline that will make them valuable members of society have far more chances of economic and other success in adulthood than children raised in families that lack these qualities.

    Studies show that children whose parents have professional careers speak nearly twice as many words per hour to them as children with working class parents -- and several times as many words per hour as children in families on welfare. There is no way that children from these different backgrounds are going to have equal chances of economic or other success in adulthood.

    The fatal fallacy, however, is in collecting statistics on employees at a particular business or other institution, and treating differences in the hiring, pay or promotion of people from different groups as showing that their employer has been discriminating.

  2. blessedwife318

    blessedwife318 Well-Known Member
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    Aug 29, 2014
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    I've heard it best illustrated this way.

    Conservatives think equal and fair is everyone in a race starting at the same point at the same time.

    Liberals think equal and fair is everyone finishing the race at same point and time regardless of where they started.

    Of course the only way that you can achieve that outcome is by holding some people back, pushing their start back, putting road blocks in their way etc and everything gets reduced to the lowest common denominator which is not helpful for anyone.