The injustice of equality

The word “equality,” riff with complications, makes it difficult to define and virtually meaningless to achieve. And, as Dr. Thomas Sowell writes in his 1999 book “The Quest for Cosmic Justice,” economic equality may be achievable only by political measures which require vast concentrations of power in a relatively few hands in government.”

Recently, in a Martin Luther King Day “give back” celebration in Wilmington, N. C., Rev. Cheryl Walker talked about economic equality and “freedom of [sic] economic oppression.” “Without economic justice,” she said, “there is no justice at all. That’s why the struggle for justice is not over”; reported in the Wilmington StarNews by Caitlin Dineen. Rev. Walker called on her audience to join statewide social activist rallies. (link)

It’s difficult to understand what social-justice activists mean with their often incoherent rhetoric, but a cogent response to this comes from the late Dr. Milton Friedman, quoted in Sowell’s book: “A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”

Another black gadabout reverend, William Barber, in North Carolina has been leading a liberal gang to rallies around the State, ironically called “Moral Mondays” (groups that have received more than $100 million in direct state taxpayer grants in recent years). These people immorally promote envy with angry, fighting words and uncivil actions. (link)

Dr. Sowell explains that envy expressed as hostility toward others may work for people pursuing politics, activism or (leftist) ideology, but it can “have high costs to society at large and to the poor especially.” These costs are intended by radical progressives.

In Saul Alinsky’s 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals”—a primer for leftist community organizers—he discusses ‘Tactics’ in a chapter by that title. The first rule: “Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have,” wrote Alinsky. Note that these people think of those who disagree with them as enemies to be defeated; not as colleagues in identifying and solving problems. Thus, top down radical Obamacare was passed into federal law solely with Democrat votes.

Alinsky also advises social organizers to “cause confusion, fear and retreat.” He cited the example of Gen. William T. Sherman, “whose name still causes a frenzied reaction throughout the South.” Sherman’s tactic, condoned by President Lincoln, was to wage war on American citizens. Alinsky wrote, “The South, confronted with this new form of military invasion, reacted with confusion, panic, terror, and collapse.”

To leftist radicals inequality, as they define it, requires using self-constructed power to fundamentally change our constitutional form of government and traditional values. They believe that “truth” is relative and changing. The “Rules” wage warfare against the “Haves.” According to Alinsky they are “written for the Have-Nots on how to take it (power and property) away.”

The most dangerous thing about these people is that they will do and say anything to wrest political power and further their utopian visions of changing “the world” in a way only they see it—and they never give up.

Alinsky uses vague value-terms such as “equality,” “justice,” “freedom” and “peace,” what he calls the “eternal quest.” But his rules predicate on hatred and envy of people with wealth—the enemy that must be forced to cede its liberty and property to his victors for their social justice and unachievable equality.

Unfortunately, some of these people operate in our State as well as nationally. Their immoral activities promote the injustices inherent in the quest for forced equality.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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