Last Wednesday was Frederich Hayek’s 114th birthday. For those of you who are unaware of who F.A. Hayek was, here’s a quick background: a cool guy, born in Austria, turned British. He was an economist and philosopher and a huge defender of the belief of modern day classical liberals.
Boom, that’s a great guy.
I’ve enjoyed many of his works, but one of my favorite subjects of his, would be his total annihilation of the political mentalities that come with the quest for ‘equality,’ specifically, his beliefs on process of creating material and social equality. These beliefs can be summed up in two of his quotes.
“While an equality of rights under a limited government is possible and an essential condition of individual freedom, a claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.” ― Friedrich A. von Hayek, Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice
As well as this one: “There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal.”
This begs the following question to be posed: if this is the cause and effect of forced equality, why would the umbrella of American progressivism and its followers strive so hard to force equality?
Simple, it’s Frankfurt School 101. For every problem that a society faces must be the result of other individuals purposely causing the problem for self gain. In their mind, X only exists because Y created it out of spite. If this is the case, can you really change the hearts and minds of telling X and Y to simply ‘apologize and like each other?’
Which also begs the second question: What defines the problem? Well, that’s subjective and you’re still a racist. In actuality, the problem can be defined by whoever controls the narrative, but you knew that.
Today’s debate is rooted in equality. Marriage equality, tax equality, paycheck equality…equality of representation in the debate of equality! Look at that, I just made one up. In a world of the self centered man, equality is a sensitive issue. Everyone wants to be represented on the same playing field, to compete on the same level and to feel equal to their fellow man. There is nothing wrong with this; it’s natural and often justified. The problem, as explained by Hayek, is who defines equality? Well, we have two choices; we can treat each other as equals and accept the god given rights that make us equal under natural law, or, we can fork over our rights to be defined by a creation created by the same creature (man) that screwed up the concept of equality in the first place.
You tell me which sounds more enjoyable. For me, I’ll take Hayek’s approach: treat everyone equal, and equality will naturally evolve from this. To leave the definition of equality to the state would be the equivalent of giving the fate of my 5 bucks to a lottery ticket. To give the state the right to define equality, gives the state the ability to take the definition away.
Thank you for a clear vision, Mr. Hayek. You’re wisdom is needed now more than ever. I pray we will continue to study & apply wisdom from other like minded men, such as yourself, especially in these hard times.
Tanner Brumbarger | @Brumbarger