Harrison Bergeron, Call Your Office

How the push for equality is destructive.

It’s praiseworthy to want to improve opportunity for kids—kudos to everybody who wants children to be better treated, better educated, better fed… Who doesn’t want that? But perverting those concerns, so that rather than looking for ways to expand choices and raise the floor you’re going full Handicapper General and trying to hobble anybody who rises above the crowd a bit produces quotes like this gem from Prof. Adam Swift of the University of Warwick:

“One way philosophers might think about solving the social justice problem would be by simply abolishing the family. If the family is this source of unfairness in society then it looks plausible to think that if we abolished the family there would be a more level playing field.”

There’s probably nothing “simply” about abolishing the family, unless you want to march all the way down the communitarian road to Plato‘s Retreat and Reeducation Camp. Swift (seemingly grudgingly) concedes this point, noting “nearly everyone who has thought about this would conclude that it is a really bad idea to be raised by state institutions, unless something has gone wrong.” But he and his colleague Harry Brighouse, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, do a lot of “thinking about what it was we wanted to allow parents to do for their children, and what it was that we didn’t need to allow parents to do for their children, if allowing those activities would create unfairnesses for other people’s children.”

Top of the list of things parents ought not be allowed to do is send their kids to private school. Add to this “inheritance and other predominantly economic ways of conferring advantage.” Their whole take on permissible family activity has been extended to book length in 2014’s Family Values: The Ethics of Family-Child Relationships, which “explain why a child’s interest in autonomy severely limits parents’ right to shape their children’s values, and why parents have no fundamental right to confer wealth or advantage on their children.”

Oh—in case you’re wondering, reading bedtime stories to your kid is OK, even though it confers a bigger advantage than private schooling. Fortunately (whew!) it’s among the “kinds of interactions between parents and children that do indeed foster and produce these [desired] familial relationship goods.”


The fact is that you can’t create equality without total control.  Right back to birth.  Absolute control over every action that a person might take.


Even then it doesn’t work as those in control always seem to make things “more equal” for themselves, witch is why Ms. Castro lives in a mansion and the rest of the equal in Cuba live in houses that are literally falling apart as government policy. So much for equality.  Which is typical for utopian socialist societies.  At least as long as they last.

The problem for Socialists is they want to have their equality cake and progress too and that doesn’t work, no matter how many people get sacrificed to the cause.  You can’t have evolution if everybody is the same and if evolution happens nothing will remain the same.

It is impossible to simultaneously understand the theory of evolution and to believe in blank-slate cognitive equality among human groups of different continental origins.

Both propositions—evolution and equality—cannot simultaneously be true. You have to pick one. Choose wisely, because you can’t have both.

Either evolution is a real and ongoing process that has rendered different groups with different mean aptitudes, or we’re all equal—and thus all measurable group disparities in things such as income and intelligence are due to unfairness, hatred, injustice, and flat-out stinking evil.

Yet against all logic and evidence and propelled purely by the smarmiest sort of saccharine emotionality that has ever been shit-sprayed out of human hearts, modern progressives insist that these two fundamentally contradictory belief systems are simultaneously true.

“What sort of person who claims to believe in evolution would deny its fundamental role in shaping human history?”

They insist that evolution is real and that only a dumb hillbilly would not believe in it. But they also insist that evolution had nothing to do with quantifiable disparities between groups in brain size and intelligence, and even if those dumb apelike hillbillies consistently score higher on intelligence tests than your average nonwhite hood rat, well, then, you’re dumb—and evil—for even noticing.

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As much as the Progressives seem to insist on it, you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  All imposing equality does in the end is impose unending misery.  If everybody is equal, nobody has any incentive to work harder.  If nothing is your own then why do anything beyond the minimum?  To do that is just stupid.  Equality is a fast road to a slave mentality.  The fact is that human beings are not sheep to be put into  interchangeable boxes and if you try to put people in those boxes all you get is a dysfunctional economy.

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One comment

  1. penneyvanderbilt · May 17, 2016

    Reblogged this on KCJones.


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