I’ve never understood the academic obsession with achieving social and economic equality. Isn’t society better off when half the population is well off and half is less poor than if absolutely everyone is poor? Isn’t all the talk about inequality really just an urge to see the poor increase their living standards? And if that is true, shouldn’t the whole idea of equality be thrown out in favor of a hope for everyone in society to benefit on the margin from economic growth?
Well, this video helps flesh out the passion for equality. The speaker goes to great lengths to prove that equality of any sort is better than inequality of any sort. Now, a quick viewing of this sets off a number of alarms. Most of his complaints could in fact be addressed by having the poor grow richer, demonstrating that it is not inequality as such that is the problem but rather the existence of poverty. Another factor that jumps out here to me is that his examples of equality all come from demographically homogeneous nations, so does his data really make a case for that model over a multicultural model?
There are probably a hundred other problems in this perspective that I hadn’t thought of. You might enjoy watching and poking holes in the analysis.