On EqualitySubmitted by dwalters on Sun, 01/05/2014 - 13:51
Equality - in the political sense - is not a well understood concept. Over the course of history, those in power have sought to convince others that they have been ordained to rule by a higher power. For instance, rulers would often use parlor tricks to demonstrate a supposed supernatural ability. However, we now know that no human actually has such abilities. All men are equal before the laws of nature.
Beginning in the late 17th Century, Isaac Newton put forth concepts that could be used to explain these mysteries. The Newtonian revolution began to make it clear to humanity that such things as divine right were, in fact, non-existent. It is no surprise that John Locke - the father of Classic Liberalism - was good friends with Newton.
Soon, the concept of equality flourished - that is, no man naturally occupies an elevated status above the rest. They breathe the same; they bleed the same; they crap the same; if they walk off of a cliff, they fall at the same rate as a beggar.
This understanding lead the founders to realize - more so Thomas Paine than the others - that no man properly has the right to another man's life or the fruits of his labor. Accordingly, no group of men do either. It makes no difference whether the group is composed of 10 or 100,000,000 people, they cannot rightfully gang up on a man and strip him of his property for the sake of another. In other words, trying to impose "equality of results" requires theft and is far from the traditional concept of political equality.
Had the founders taken the concept of equality to its logical conclusion, they would have never established a government in America. After all, if the founders did not have the right to gang up on and rob others, how can another group of people - sanctioned by a document they wrote - have a right that they themselves did not possess?
The concept of a ruling elite is the antithesis of equality, and dictation by majority doesn't overcome this reality.