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 compliance of equity, which violates the natural rights of individuals to freely pursue their own personal development and goals. 

Here are some notes I took from watching Jonathan Haidt’s first presentation linked below:

Correlation does not imply causation.

In statistics, many statistical tests calculate correlations between variables and when two variables are found to be correlated, it is tempting to assume that this shows that one variable causes the other. That “correlation proves causation,” is considered a questionable cause logical fallacy when two events occurring together are taken to have established a cause-and-effect relationship. ~Wikipedia

Many social justice warriors keep making the questionable cause logical fallacy, as they assume that since there is a statistical disparity between the rates of men and women, various ethnic groups and whites, and other groups in relationship to whatever statistics they are looking at, that the disparity must be correlated to disparate treatment.

When analyzing statistics, and a disparity is noticed, a good question to ask is “what is the third variable causing the disparity between two correlating statistics?” This will assist in finding the actual cause, otherwise it is confirmation bias, which is attempting to find or produce evidence for a preconceived bias.

“Disparate outcomes do not imply disparate treatment.” ~Jonathan Haidt

Said another way, “inequality of outcome does not imply exploitation”, because possible variables need to be discovered and considered.  Social justice implies disparate treatment, but modern social justice warriors fight against disparate outcomes and not against disparate treatment.


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