Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Inequality Taboo

The Inequality Taboo
Charles Murray (Commentary Magazine)
Talking about group differences does not require any of us to change our politics. For every implication that the Right might seize upon (affirmative-action quotas are ill-conceived), another gives fodder to the Left (innate group differences help rationalize compensatory redistribution by the state). But if we do not need to change our politics, talking about group differences obligates all of us to renew our commitment to the ideal of equality that Thomas Jefferson had in mind when he wrote as a self-evident truth that all men are created equal. Steven Pinker put that ideal in today’s language in The Blank Slate, writing that “Equality is not the empirical claim that all groups of humans are interchangeable; it is the moral principle that individuals should not be judged or constrained by the average properties of their group.”

1 comment:

Cloe Q. N'dagir said...

What Thomas Jefferson probably meant, being a slaveholder at the time, was that all white, land-owning men are created equal.