Generic, Interchangeable Economic Units

Libertarians, like all egalitarians, say they view people as “individuals”. This isn’t true. Egalitarians actually view people as generic and interchangeable units, this denies any individuality by denying any individual variation. We are not all created equal in the sense that we all have equal abilities. I am as likely to become a theoretical physicist as I am an NBA center, I don’t have the intellect or temperament for the former, nor the physical attribute for the latter. I am suited to being an armchair quarterback or maybe an armchair philosopher if only because philosophy doesn’t require results.

We are equal in the sense of intrinsic value,

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:4-7

but not necessarily economic value. I clearly have less economic value than a doctor or an engineer but more than a burglar. In the same vein, some who have great economic value have little social value, Hollywood is full of these types, and vice versa.

Its probably more acurate to say that we are created equally important than to say we are simply equal.

Equality only exists in math.

 

Probably not statisticians, though.

Probably not statisticians, though.

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