|02-08-2010, 01:52 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: earth, everywhere and nowhere
how can you have equal opportunities if you set conditions about merit?
how do we define merit? merit according to who and what? academic/intellectual merit or athletic merit or...?
do we provide access to equal footing for those who belong to groups that haven't had equal access and opportunity? do we wait to test the merits so everyone gets the same chances until after those groups have gained equal footing?
i think, in many ways, the U.S. already lives by this principle as you worded it - in theory anyway
|02-09-2010, 11:35 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Are you being serious? America doesn't have equal opportunities at all. Equal opportunities for all would mean an equal economic level at birth, with equal level of teaching in all schools, with equal investment in all neighbourhoods. Equal opportunities for all would abolish inheritance from father to son, would abolish private education, and so on.
We would essentially be talking a socialist society, with standardized state education, standardized state accomodation, standardized everything for say the first 11 years of someone's life. Then allow inequalities to surface as people outperform others through hard work and genetic superiority.
Last edited by Jaiysun4; 02-09-2010 at 11:42 AM.
|02-09-2010, 11:51 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2010
|02-15-2010, 09:24 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2008
I have been making small experiments about alternate models of economy with no money.
Some time ago I started to involve a group of people so between us you will not see any money exchange. For example, if he needs a small program, I code it, if I need tech support I call one of them. So in the end we end up doing transactions with no money, exchanging help.
I realize that people do not show greed when you do that. If I invite them, later they will invite me, and the money paid is paid to the "outer world", not between us.
I realize that it requires honor and values, that replaces greed and indifference before other people in need. Indeed honor is most likely to appear because unlike money, you can't grab help with your hands or steal it. And the more you help, in the presence of a honorable group, the more help you are likely to receive.
This is where the concept of debt of honor comes. But it causes gratitude, not foreclosure.
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