there are many breeds of equality, equality under the law, social equality, economic equality, and tabula rosa. Those who would be "levelers", i challenge you. Those who would allow us to let the strong rise and the weak fall, this is a call to arms (figuatively). my basic thesis is this,
we are born equal, but not endowed equally, and this is good
We are not born equal, if by that you mean created equal...Created equal is metaphysical claptrap... We are equal genetically, having relatively great difference compared as individuals, and across the whole of humanity having near 100% equality, compared with 99% equality with chimps, and 60% equality with mice... Equality is primarily a social form... Weigh two pennies and no two are the same weight, and if you look harder you will find great degrees of difference... Yet they are counted as one, and have the same value, which is to say, meaning, socially, by agreement... So, by conception and not at conception people are equal, all units, and individuals... Now; to be individuals of a set equality must be certain... To be a brick in a wall or a cog in a gear all have to be equal... We are not that, but we can easily see that people are roughly the same, certainly equal in our needs, and equal in our expectations, and only able to achieve our needs in cooperation with others, that is, socially... No democracy is possible without social equality, and no form of government hs proven able to deliver justice so regularly...Where can justice ever be shown for any two groups or individuals unless each can admit an equal need, and give equal concessions for it??? Still it is an injustice to suggest equality between people... Where equality was most social, expected, and demanded, people always sought distinction for honor...Where equality is some formality that no one finds meaning in, people outdo themselves for dishonors... Madoff is an example of this, because nothing says inequality like inequality of wealth, and where money is dear honor is cheap... Equality is real... We cannot be conceived of except as equally human, but vanity alone is enough to justify inequality, and inequality justifies injustice, and destroys democracy which is our social mechanism for achieving justice...The perception of inequality leads to inequality in fact...