GREAT Summary — Freedom and Equality


Simply summed up:

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free they are not equal, and if they are equal they are not free.

 

I wish I’d said that!

If you want to see the rest of the supporting argumentation and discussion, it’s below. It’s a fascinating lecture by Jordan Peterson. Entirely worth the viewing!

— xPraetorius

15 thoughts on “GREAT Summary — Freedom and Equality

  1. Great series of posts.

    There is also the moral aspect of equality and justice.

    I just rephrase Peterson’s great summary.

    Human beings make different choices.
    Some choices are good. Some choices are bad.
    If there is justice, human beings do not achieve equal outcomes.
    And if human beings achieve equal outcomes, there is no justice.

    As always, the Left perverts the language.
    “Social justice” is no justice at all. It’s the exact opposite. It’s deep injustice.
    Why should the guy who chooses to lay at the beach all day achieve the same outcome as the guy who chooses to work his butt off?
    Why should the person who chooses to engage in criminal, immoral acts achieve the same outcome as the person who chooses to act morally and according to the law?
    In order to achieve “social justice” one has to commit acts of grave injustice.
    Why should the person who just happens to be of a certain race, gender etc. get the job instead of the person who has worked hard to be more qualified for the job?

  2. Thanks, ar! Thank you for your very kind words!

    You said: “Human beings make different choices.
    Some choices are good. Some choices are bad.
    If there is justice, human beings do not achieve equal outcomes.
    And if human beings achieve equal outcomes, there is no justice.”

    Yep.

    I love it when someone succinctly explains the tension between two notions — in this case: equality and justice; two concepts to which everyone pays loud, public tribute all the time.

    Your subsequent supporting argumentation is on the nose too! Much appreciated.

    Best,

    — x

  3. Lol! That was a very funny response, BW. You put some words together that sound sophisticated, but say nothing. I waited a bit for some elaboration on your undeveloped critique, but you haven’t provided anything.

    So, first: If you disagree, just say so, and make your counter-argument.

    Next: You have no idea whether I’m a man or not.

    Next: You guys on the Left are so afraid to make an argument because you know that you don’t really have any to make.

    With my usual patience, I’ll explain how you messed up — yet again.

    We do many “thought pieces” here at our small but increasingly influential think tank. Some call them “opinion pieces.” Key word: “opinion” These are typically not essays toward which “ignorance” could even be a relevant criticism.

    In other words, this is not an area where cumulative knowledge is necessary, but rather the ability to reason using abstractions.

    It’s as if you were trying to suggest that someone can’t play chess if he’s tall. The concept of tall is as irrelevant to one’s ability to play chess as ignorance is to a thought piece.

    You could have suggested that my reasoning was flawed, but no, you suggested that my knowledge of the subject was deficient.

    Now, “thought pieces” are usually buttressed by a foundation of suppositions, shared assumptions and facts. One could suggest that these are either not correct, not widely shared, insufficient, or incomplete or inaccurate facts. Are you suggesting any of these? if so, what?

    If you’re suggesting that my suppositions, assumptions or facts are somehow deficient, then make your case. Otherwise, your “critique,” unsupported by explanatory argumentation is crashingly… dumb.

    Best,

    — x

  4. No counter-argument that would humble your thinking enough to, at least, consider. In your mind, you believe you’re superior to us dumb liberals, especially the black ones. So, why bother?

    That was sarcasm, by the way.

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