Kurt Vonnegut’s prescient short story Harrison Bergeron begins:
THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else.
Back in 1961, Vonnegut was lampooning the idea of “equality of outcome.” The most prominent critic of equality of outcome today is, undoubtedly, Jordan Peterson, who argues instead for “equality of opportunity.” Both Vonnegut and Peterson recognize that equality of outcome requires a tyrranical, interventionist State. [Read more…]