"People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective. Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news. Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought. Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal 'families' — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common. I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob." ~ Jaron Lanier
No One Believes in Equality
By Bob Wallace.
Exclusive to STR
No one believes in equality, no matter what they claim. To be totally equal, people would have to be totally identical, the way two quarters or two nickels are identical. And being identical, they’d be interchangeable.
The closest to total equality and total identicalness in nature are bees and ants, but even they are not identical and still have a division of labor, so they’re not interchangeable. On TV and in the movies, the closest were the Borg from “Star Trek.” Even they’re not equal and identical. Close, though, for humans.
Let’s do a thought experiment and imagine if people were totally equal. We’d be clones, meaning we’d have to take over our evolution, an idea which has made science-fiction writers salivate for decades, even before even H.G. Wells and his The Island of Dr. Moreau. We’d either be hermaphrodites or else sexless clones, with babies grown in artificial wombs.
Loveless, sexless clones, since love and lust are too upsetting to a well-ordered society. Aldous Huxley came close to such a society in Brave New World, but even he didn’t go all the way.
All of us would look exactly alike to avoid envy, unless we can rid ourselves of envy. We’d have to edit our genes and change our brains and get rid of families and religion and other primitive things we wouldn’t need anymore.
We’d have to think exactly alike. Isn’t that the goal of Political Correctness, anyway? The only way that could happen is if we were a hive mind, such as the one Orson Scott Card wrote about in Ender’s Game. We’d have no individuality whatsoever.
What an awful world! It wouldn’t be a Heaven on Earth; it’d be a Hell. Why would anyone want it? Don’t the supporters of “equality” ever think it though to its logical end? If they did, they’d be horrified.
I suppose a few lunatics, probably some man-hating atheistic nihilistic socialist/radical feminist New York lesbians, fantasize about such a world, but the mentally-ill hallucinations of one out of every 50 million people don’t exactly count.
We don’t believe in equality in sports. You’ll never see Affirmative Action there. Yet we do believe in it economically, even though it’s a brake on wages and the creation of jobs.
Michelle Obama had a job at a Chicago hospital making some $300,000 a year. When she left, they eliminated her job. It was a make-work job because she was (is) an incompetent Affirmative Action baby.
We don’t believe in Affirmative Action for romantic relationships. I’ve pointed out to people they should imagine if there were laws enforcing such equality, and think about the trouble it would cause.
Imagine if women were required by law to ask out a certain number of men a week, keep track of it, and report every week to the Federal Affirmative Actions Bureau of Dating and Romance. And then the bureaucrats would call the men to make sure the women weren’t lying.
Then there would have to be re-education classes to change the mentality of resentful, recalcitrant women, the way men at corporations are required to attend “sensitivity” classes about workplace sexual harassment, etc.
Nonsense? Of course. But it’s not so much more nonsensical than businesses that have to file reams of paperwork to the federal government to make sure they hire they right number of women, blacks, Hispanics and whoever else is the minority de jure.
If “equality” is not about equality, what is it about? Ultimately it’s about special rights. It always is. It’s about money/political power, one of the worst banes of human existence.
Since we are not going to have equality, being that it is impossible, what we will end up with is what we always end up with until revolts overturn it: a vanishingly small minority of extremely wealthy and politically powerful people, who crush everyone else with the power of the State and try to force equality and poverty on them.
It’s why we end up with loons like the multimillionaire Al Gore, who thinks everyone else should make crushing sacrifices while he lives in a mansion that uses the energy of ten houses.
“Equality” itself is a fraud, even if unwittingly. It doesn’t lead to equality at all, just wealth and power for a handful and poverty for nearly everyone else. I’ve heard this called “the tyranny of a clique in the name of the equality of all.”
There are people who believe they are intellectually and morally superior to everyone else, and who are convinced they can “rationally” plan society and move people around like chess pieces (Michael Oakeshott called these people “rationalists” and Thomas Sowell sneered at them as “the Anointed”). I don’t really understand the mentality, being that it is so alien to me, but it certainly exists.
It’s a tribute to the empathic power of the human imagination that I can comprehend at all the mentality of such people. Still, I find it nearly impossible to understand their blindness and hypocrisy.
It doesn’t matter what their names are – Ralph Nader, Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Noam Chomsky, the Clintons, the Obamas, the Kennedys, Nancy Pelosi, Cornel West – all of them believe they are better than the unwashed masses, and should rule over them. As long, of course, as long as they are extremely wealthy and politically powerful -- and everyone else is not.
Our public schools, from beginning to end, have failed to educate children about the nature of the State, and the tyranny of the clique and the poverty of the many. Churches have failed, too, being that so many are busy with their Tribulation/Rapture fantasies.
What to do? As always, it is up to individuals to educate themselves. What other choice is there?