The Problem with Equality

Equality is a value-free concept. Morality or immorality of particular behaviors depends on the character of the agents. What happens when behaviors targeting some populations with injury or deprivation is prohibited, equality prompts an extension of the abuse to other or entire populations. It is sort of like a virus that spreads when targeted.

The potential effect on the target of behavior is also irrelevant. In other words, equality is not subject to external influence. Agents of government are directed to provide equal service, but it has to be individually requested and equality can encompass universal denial. How to mandate actual agency performance is an open question. Mandating universal demand (e.g. marriage licenses) has not generated the desired results, in large part because judicial intervention to settle disputes or assign property has not been considered useful.

The rising demand for more direct participation in the selection of agents is another matter.