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Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?

This is an idea I recently fell upon while thinking about colleges and scholarships. I was wondering why I've been told (not actually witnessed) that minorities get a better chance of getting in college for being a minority. This was apparently an attempt to level the playing field and make things for equal for applicants. I realized that in their attempt to equalize the playing field, they made it unfair. What are your thoughts on this situation and any other equality situation? Do you think people should be going for fairness or equality, both, or are they essentially the same thing?


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  • Jun 4 2013: Socio-economic equality is neither feasable nor should it be desired by society.

    1) There are too many variables that influence equality (health, IQ, personal tastes etc) The existence of equality necessarily implies that we control these variables, we have to impose an equal standard on everyone, whenever this standard does not correspond with an individual's personal aspirations, his rights will have to be infringed upon in order to achieve equality.

    2) Those who enforce equality by definition, have to be unequal to those upon which equality is imposed, if we are all equal, from whence comes the authority with which you impose an equal standard upon me? Without that authority, I may simply refuse your imposition.
    • Jun 6 2013: In the Soviet Union, everybody was equal. Some were just more equal than others.

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