COMMENTARY: The inequality myth, a divisive tactic

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 05:33 PM.

Throughout history, those seeking to usurp power and subjugate a population have learned that you can get people to agree to almost anything if it’s in the name of equality and fairness.

Pitting one group against another on the basis of unfairness or inequality is a tactic consistently employed by those seeking to destroy freedom. Achieving equality of positive outcomes is impossible to accomplish and certainly cannot be imposed through law or by dictate. The only outcomes that can be forced are suffering and misery.

Only the goal of equal opportunity is achievable.  This fact has been proven repeatedly throughout time.  People cannot be compelled to be successful.

Let's take a look at some real world examples that clearly and simply illustrate this fact.  We'll first examine a college class.  The class has as even a playing field as is possible.  Each student has the same identical opportunity.  All of the students are at the same school, in the same room, at the same time, have the same book, the same instructor, hear the exact same lectures, are given the same assignments, have the same grading standards, and take the same tests. 

In spite of equal opportunity, the students don't all earn the same grade.  Why don't all the students receive A's?  Why are the outcomes different?  Because each individual student is different.

Each student decides what to do with their opportunity.  Those students who make scholastic achievements a priority get better grades than those who don’t.  Is it unfair that the more conscientious students earn higher grades?

Financial inequality is often blamed as the root of needless suffering.  The argument is made that confiscating from those who have, in order to give to those who don't, will make a better, more just and equitable society.

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