The Politics Of Equality Essay Research Paper

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The Politics Of Equality Essay, Research Paper The most prevalent sentiment of the times is summed up in one word and that is ‘equality’. At every level and on all fronts including political, social and economic, the egalitarian gospel has been asserted as the way the light the truth. The rights of the child are considered equal to those of the parent, the pupil’s to that of the teacher, Jack is as good as his master, a professor of economics’ political assessment judgement is neither superior nor inferior to that of an illiterate road labourer, each being provided with identical voting power. The obvious difference of nation, race and sex are nothing more than historic hangovers. It is instilled in us from childhood the great evil of inequality while paying no regard

to individual differences. The thrust of broader educational guidance is towards a collective responsibility where children are not encouraged to excel so much as they are to fit in. When differences prevail they are condemned, so the All Black scoring a spectacular try hangs his head as he returns to the halfway mark in a facade of modesty and repentance for his individual assertiveness. The egalitarian sentiment underlines the thrusts and trends of this centuries changes in human relationships. Witness the outrage from the professional do-gooder social worker set, on behalf of the ‘victim of society’s inequalities’ lout who knocks over an old lady and steals her purse. The old lady is dismissed as a symbol of society’s oppression whilst the thug, we are told, is

uttering a cry for help. The do-gooders offer a flood of words and sometimes convincing arguments but as William Blake said “He who would do good to another must do it in minute particulars. General good is the plea of the scoundrel, the hypocrite and the flatterer.” The seed for equality was planted centuries ago but it was not until the middle of the 20th century that it took root and flowered. The result in my view has been a disastrous folly of legislative efforts to distort the true nature of human relationships. Its flourishing is attributable to Marxism regardless of its form. Today equality is the goal of every sphere of activity and has reached ludicrous proportions. Surely the reality is irrefutably obvious that men are born and remain unequal, that races are

unequal, as quite clearly are nations. Not so, say the egalitarians. Insofar as inequalities exist they reflect distortions or abuses by the wrongfully superior or stronger faction and it is right and proper that the might of the state be imposed to effect a proper and fair levelling. Yet I repeat, men are equal in no sense whatsoever, whether intellectually, artistically, physically or whatever and it would seem that any basis of perceived equality between them can only be achieved by either their mutual agreement or an arbitrarily imposed enforcement. It is therefore suspect in its stability and permanence. Therefore it follows that the degree of equality that prevails in any situation reflects the degree to which some men are inhibited and of necessity, and regrettably, they

are always the brighter or stronger. To illustrate my point, It is an obvious fact that some people can run faster than others. If it was desirable that in this activity all runners be equal, no amount of hard line legislation or even agreement between the runners themselves, will allow the slowest to keep pace with the fastest. Yet as far as the egalitarians and legislators are concerned, it is essential if a fair and equal situation is to prevail, and so it is achieved in the only way possible. The fastest runner is forced to reduce to the pace of the slowest to ensure that they cross the line together. Sadly what is happening in Australia is that the slowest runners have woken to the situation and asked themselves what sense there is in even trying to run fast or to excel