Monday, September 6, 2021


Equality is good, right? It is one of the most basic values of modern liberal democratic societies. Basically equality is good, unless it becomes a goal in itself outside the context of a wider moral edifice. In that case the consequences for a culture are dear indeed. Not everyone appreciates the problem; but British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher did. She tried to explain it to the Commons in 1990. 

Nov. 2, 1990 UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher explains the fallacy of equality in the Commons.

Equality is the fundamental standard in Egalitarianism, a standard of good and evil. Equality as an ethical value is rooted in Judeo-Christian and Marxist deontologies. But Egalitarianism demands much more than just that: it wants equality of outcome, in the here and now! This has consequences not everyone immediately gets. Under this ethics program man doesn't deserve equality for whom he is or what he has achieved, but exactly because he IS nothing. Obama lecturing a group of entrepreneurs a few years ago, illustrates this mindset when he told them, "You didn't build that!"