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May 24, 2007

Equality of opportunity

Theodore Dalrymple week at the Flea continues with this particularly apt observation.

The arguments against equality of outcome have been more or less accepted. Not only is such equality impossible in practice – human nature will always subvert it – but it conflicts with the demand for justice, at least if justice has anything to do with the reward of individual conduct. Incidentally, I am always astonished by the way people always suppose that, if there were any justice in the world, they would be better rather than worse off. To the contrary, many should thank their lucky stars that there is no justice in the world: for otherwise they would die in prolonged agony.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 24, 2007 07:17 AM


I love Theo.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 24, 2007 07:57 AM

When I grow up I want to be like him.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 24, 2007 08:51 AM

My mom used to say something similar, along the lines of "If Life were fair, we'd all be starving in Africa."

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 24, 2007 09:45 AM

I think the world of Dalrymple. He seems to view life with utterly clear sight and no illusions whatsoever. I also get the distinct impression that he would not exactly be a barrel of laughs to hang out with, but that probably goes with the territory.

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 24, 2007 06:32 PM