In today’s world, and perhaps mostly with the millennial generation that there are expectations that previous generations never had before. It sort of seems like all of the major social battles have been fought, and now people are getting nitpicky. “Health care is a human right”. This is a tough one, I mean no one wants anyone else to suffer.
But as Thomas Sowell would say “at what cost“?
So for example with healthcare. As Senator Rand Paul has said, since he is a physician this is very applicable.
Rand Paul says that if “healthcare is a right” then he as a physician is basically a slave, because that means that people have a “right” to his services.
Because people have a RIGHT to his services AKA a “right to healthcare”, that puts him in a very difficult situation. Either do whatever the government says “abort babies, give controversial medicine, etc”, and if the government is regulating healthcare like that, similar to how they do it in the UK and Ireland (where healthcare is terrible), then physicians are almost completely at the government’s beck and call. It is very discouraging to be a doctor with national healthcare or universal healthcare.
So when it comes to other government managed outcomes, there is this issue of “Affirmative Action”.
The same thing that we call “affirmative action” in the United State, they call “Reverse Racism” in the United Kingdom.
I don’t agree with affirmative action, because it sends the wrong message. Our Declaration of Independence says that we were all created equally.
I believe in equality, very much. I believe in the equality of opportunity. Not the equality of outcome. I believe through our constitution and the courts we have the equality of opportunity. However when we speak of Affirmative Action or Reparations. It does not look like equality at all. It seems a lot like racism (whether forward or reverse, racism is racism), and it seems a bit like segregation.
The dictionary definition of affirmative action is;
“an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. “
“Positive discrimination” that seems like an oxymoron to me.
So for reference, I have never enslaved anyone. None of my ancestors have enslaved anyone. In my lineage, some family served as indentured servants. So not only are we in no way responsible for slavery, but in my lineage, they went through similar things at different points in time. I have written a lot about my lineage at: http://houseofthompson.net
So how can things like affirmative action, or reparations include everyone but people like me? White men are about the only category left out of that.
One thing to keep in mind is that the word “slave” comes from when the Ottoman empire in what is now Modern Day Turkey, use to capture people in Eastern Europe commonly called “Slavs” or “Slavic” and their languages are “Slavic”. When the Muslims from the Ottoman empire took millions of white slaves during that time, put a permanent mark in language as that is where the word “Slave” comes from. Reference: https://www.quora.com/Does-the-word-slave-come-from-the-name-of-the-Slavic-people
From the Online Etymology Dictionary:
“late 13c., ‘person who is the chattel or property of another,’ from Old French esclave (13c.), from Medieval Latin Sclavus ‘slave’ (source also of Italian schiavo, French esclave, Spanish esclavo), originally ‘Slav;’ so used in this secondary sense because of the many Slavs sold into slavery by conquering peoples.”
I will support many things that maybe my more liberal-leaning friends support as well, such as the first couple of waves of feminism (not the last couple), I believe in equality of opportunity for all, and I support completely decriminalizing cannabis. But I definitely do not support abortion, since I am a firm believer in the NAP (Non-Aggression Principle), and I do not support a racist ideology that is divisive and counterproductive like Affirmative Action.
Thomas Sowell have published many books on this, and has written many academic papers on the subject of Affirmative Action.
In summary, I think that “equality” means a lot of different things to different people.
Some would define “equality” as “equality in opportunity”, and this would best be defined in economic models as “Free market capitalism“.
Some would define “equality” as “equality of outcomes”, and this would best be defined in economic models as “Socialism” and/or some form of Marxism’
Some claim “we want equality”, but then support things like “affirmative action” which completely confuses me, because that is not the goal or the outcome of affirmative action.
I am very willing to change my mind. Give me a good reason. I don’t change my mind often. But if I find new compelling information, and I can confirm the results or the data in question, I will be very inclined to change my mind if I am wrong or unaware.
I have written a lot about Marcus Garvey over the years, I also use his name in my pen name. He was one of my favorite civil rights leaders, and he was not soft, and he did not mince words.