Saturday, November 26, 2016
"Redistributive" vs. Libertarian Egalitarianism
The only equality achievable by "redistributive" egalitarianism is equality of disrespect, where the "haves" are treated as permanently exploitable slaves, and the "have-nots" as permanently useless wretches. On the other hand, the only equality achievable by libertarian egalitarianism is equality of respect, where the "haves" are free to enjoy their personal well-being, and the "have-nots" are free to pursue it. In other words, "redistributive" egalitarianism makes equality a guarantee of misery, while libertarian egalitarianism makes it a window of hope: that is, the only thing that it can be if it is to be something good.