Friday, April 30, 2010

How "egalitarianism" works

You can not have failed to notice the way everyone is talking about "fairness" these days. I've blogged before on how unfair "fairness" is - as well as how juvenile and negative it is as a policy, but how does fairness actually work in practice.

Well, I could go on for hours about how "fairness" in education has resulted in lower standards in teaching, less rigour in examinations and a mediocre system for everyone. Having decided that the grammar/secondary modern system was "unfair", the progressives took the good working bit - the grammar schools - and chucked them in the bin in favour of the failing bit - the secondary modern.

They changed the name of the secondary modern to "comprehensive" and condemned future generations of kids to the dire consequences of its failings. Well done, guys - brilliant work. As I said, I could go on and on for hours to try and explain how it works. However, thanks to the ever excellent "House of Dumb" I've now come across an old BBC story that highlights how egalitarianism works in practice perfectly.

In 1999 the Macpherson Report branded London's Metropolitan Police institutionally racist. The report, which followed the Met's failure to successfully prosecute a gang of white youths for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, found ethnic minorities in Britain felt under-protected as victims and over-policed as suspects.

Just over ten years later and ethnic minorities still feel under-protected as victims and over-policed as suspects - the difference is that so does everyone else. Everyone is treated with equal disdain and the only ones who benefit are the criminals.

Yep, That's progressive egalitarianism in practice. Take the worst possible option and apply it to everybody.

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