“Equality” has been in news a lot lately. From gays wanting equality in marriage, to Barney Frank speaking of “income equality”, to disabled and obese Canadians wanting airplane seat equality. Whenever “equality” is brought up, unless in regard to “God and the law”, I immediately begin to think of the implications and wonder if the speaker has thought them through. In the case of Barney Frank, the answer is obvious. Beyond “God and the law, forcing “equality” upon a society results in “a world of horror fiction — a world of faceless and identical creatures, devoid of all individuality, variety, or special creativity.”In an essay posted at Mises.org, Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature, Austrian economist, Murray Rothbard, clearly exposes the folly and impossibility of “equality”. Rothbard points out the danger of surrendering the moral, high ground to its preachers but arguing against its impracticality. Rothbard debunks the notion that socialism is a “splendid” theory but not practical by showing that “If a theory is correct, then it does work in practice; if it does not work in practice, then it is a bad theory.”
“At the heart of the egalitarian Left is the pathological belief that the world is a tabula rasa that can be changed at any moment in any desired direction by the mere exercise of human will.”
Using anecdotes of literary fiction, Rothbard gives a hint of what the world would be like if “equality” was achieved.
British anti-utopian novel Facial Justice, by L.P. Hartley, in which envy is institutionalized by the State’s making sure that all girls’ faces are equally pretty, with medical operations being performed on both beautiful and ugly girls to bring all of their faces up or down to the general common denominator.
If this is the type of society Barney Frank, Obama, congressional leaders, and the majority of Americans want, it could be a long four to eight years.
God help us!