The Psychology of Envy and Social Justice

“Our envy of others devours us most of all.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Gulag Archipelago) Stretching back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, countless philosophers have contemplated the nature of envy, or what Immanuel Kant described as the “tendency to perceive with displeasure the good of others.” (Immanuel Kant) Those who have written about envy, be it Aristotle, Aquinas, Adam Smith, Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, have all come to a similar conclusion […] Read more »

The Problem with Equity

We support a diversity of ideas that stems from an equality of opportunity to share them. However, we feel that all forms of diversity that stems from an equality of outcome (equity) will cause psychological harm to the self-worth of the individuals that it seeks to protect, will limit their potential development as healthy and unique individuals, and will thus limit the value of the ideas that they will be […] Read more »

The Problem with Equity (Equality of Outcome)

Here is the paradox of equity: the state must treat individuals unequally in order to enforce equality of outcome. However, with equality of opportunity, each individual is granted an equal opportunity to pursue their own unequal outcomes. Historically speaking, equal opportunity results in the liberty of the individual, while equal outcomes results in tyranny, genocide, and the enslavement of the individual. Yes, the State must use force to ensure the […] Read more »