Economic writer Stephen Moore claimed that the original and traditional American concept of equality as "equality under the law” means that the same rules apply to all, not the same results (29). He states that it isn’t possible to have a classless society because it hinders the economic prosperity of the nation. “Equality of rules ensures that all enjoy the same freedom of contract, which empowers them to maximize value and production, and plan investment knowing they can rely on their agreed contractual rights.” (Moore 29). He basically states that competition encourages the advancement of a nation and the equality under law allows for all to have the opportunity to contribute. He clearly understood Vonnegut’s work to be an attack against communism as he uses it in his argument against equalizing legislature
Political philosophers: Jean Jacques Rousseau and Edmund Burke had quite opposing viewpoints, particularly on their political ideals. Rousseau and Burke’s perspectives on what the political system should be are directly influenced by the assumptions held in their personal beliefs on the origins of inequality. While they both articulate their positions, there is a severe lack of evidence and sustenance for the underlying assumptions in Burke’s argument of education and the social hierarchy, which is why Rousseau’s concepts are more compelling. However, when compared economically Burkes concepts have greater value. Rousseau's perspective in the Second Discourse initiated the discussion of inequality by distinguishing between the two types: "moral"
Holding elections for government officials is a democratic feature of government, but the requirements were not equal. For the election to be completely democratic it has to be fair, all people must have a say in government. Despite their race, gender, or religion. Although colonial America’s government was democratic it had some undemocratic features like selective rights and unfair elections so the democracy was a work in progress at the time. With the distance from Britain helping with the planning of the government, over time the colonial version of democracy was improved.
The government having the right to control the world would be detested by the people in these times. Rebellion would begin but the government would be so strong in the future that this could be a possible outcome. In the short story Harrison Bergeron, equality is an ideal worth fighting for, Harrison Bergeron is equivalent to the government, and Handicaps control the brain to conform to equality. Equality is an ideal worth fighting for in
The degree to which Nordic countries and Western European countries employ socialism seems to work quite well. Democratic-socialist, Bernie Sanders, has no desire to seize control of the business sector and transfer the means of production to the people or the state -- rather, he wants to employ policies that require everyone to play by the same set of rules,
Communism in theory seems perfect, but in practicality it remains only a theory because there remains no feasible way to accomplish it. A person/people will always possess more power than the rest, yet majority of people believe it could solve some of the most horrendous problems the world faces; however, true equality in a society exists in hypothetical and ideological scenarios. True equality represents equality based on everything humanly possible, which means physical characteristics, education, and income. Kurt Vonnegut conveys that true equality within a society refuses to survive and only exist in hypothetical discussions via the use of setting and imagery in Harrison Bergeron. Vonnegut establishes a society where everyone must interact
“freedom is slavery” is saying that people who follow their will is not free, because they are not protected from their own unsuccessfulness they get from bad decisions. It says that not following the party is slavery. By following the Party people are given the feeling that they are getting the success they need and that their life is better than it used to be. The Party had portrayed freedom as the crooked.The contradiction in” freedom is slavery” is that in order to know what freedom is people need to experience it. Freedom enables people to do and believe what they want.
Not all people have the same talents or weaknesses, therefore, true equality is near impossible without limiting other people 's freedoms. In the novella Anthem by Ayn Rand, they have created a society with total equality, and total unhappiness . They use the characters in this book to demonstrate why certain rules exist, as well as to prove why said rules shouldn’t exist. This book portrays that the rules of the society exist because the government believes they will help create complete equality among the society 's citizens. The main character, whose name happens to be Equality, realizes near the end of the Anthem that utopia is unachievable, especially by way of equality.
I In an ideal democracy, voters will vote for the politicians and policies that can bring the most benefit to themselves, while the rules of the society cares about how to maximize the social welfare as a whole. However, in reality, people find
Irving Kristol once said, “Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions. It only guarantees equality of opportunity.” These words from Kristol spur an interesting debate about whether equality truly exists in the United States of America. The idea that every citizen has an equal chance at happiness and success is nice in theory. But true equality does not exist in America. Among other factors, socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity significantly impact the opportunities available to individuals.