Equality of Outcomes destroys Freedom

Update 2018 09 20

Efforts to bring about equality of outcomes destroy freedom, as explained in this:

“A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.”

—Milton and Rose Friedman, in Free to Choose: A Personal Statement

Take the example of article 15 of The Constitution of India.  It addresses the “Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth.”  Article 15 of The Constitution of India states:

(1) The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them.
(2) No citizen shall, on grounds only of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth or any of them, be subject to any disability, liability, restriction or condition with regard to—

(a) access to shops, public restaurants, hotels and places of public entertainment; or
(b) the use of wells, tanks, bathing ghats, roads and places of public resort maintained wholly or partly out of State funds or dedicated to the use of the general public.

That is wonderful, but clause 3 of article 15 appears to contradict clause 1 and 2 of article 15.  Is that contradiction not the legal foundation for the anti-male discrimination that concerns Indian men and mens rights activists? Read and weep:

(3) Nothing in this article shall prevent the State from making any special provision for women and children.

So very few words explain so much! Furthermore, consider what The Constitution of India does not say about discrimination against men. It does not identify that there must be any limits to the extent of discrimination against Indian men authorized by clause 3 of article 15.

By making it a principle of the law to allow special provisions for women and children, The Constitution of India created a new caste for men that is lower than that of the Dalits. What kind of men were those that helped to bring that upon Indian men?

Clause 3 of article 15 of The Constitution of India set a precedent for subsequently adding clause 4 and 5, which intensified the constitutional promotion of the equality of outcomes.

1[(4) Nothing in this article or in clause (2) of article 29 shall prevent the State from making any special provision for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.]
2[(5) Nothing in this article or in sub-clause (g) of clause (1) of article 19 shall prevent the State from making any special provision, by law, for the advancement of any socially and educationally backward classes of citizens or for the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes in so far as such special provisions relate to their admission to educational institutions including private educational institutions, whether aided or unaided by the State, other than the minority educational institutions referred to in clause (1) of article 30.]
1Added by the Constitution (First Amendment) Act, 1951, s. 2.
2Ins. by the Constitution (Ninety-third Amendment) Act, 2005, s. 2 (w.e.f. 20-1-2006).

In his ode Song of the Bell (1799), Friedrich von Schiller stated this about freedom and equality:

Beware, when in the cities’ womb
The fire-tinder has accumulated,
The citizenry, breaking its chains,
Frightfully seizes arms to help itself!
Then tears at the ropes of the bell
The uprising, that she clamors howlingly,
And, only meant to sound in times of peace,
The password gives to violence.
Freedom and Equality! one hears proclaimed,
The peaceful citizen is driven to arms,
The streets are filling, the halls,
The vigilante-bands are moving,
Then women change into hyenas
And make a plaything out of terror,
Though it twitches still, with panthers teeth,
They tear apart the enemy’s heart.
Nothing is holy any longer, loosened
Are all ties of righteousness,
The good gives room to bad,
And all vices freely rule.
Dangerous it is to wake the lion,
Ruinous is the tiger’s tooth,
But the most terrible of all the terrors,
That is the mensch [1] when crazed.
Woe to those, who lend to the eternally-blind
Enlightenment’s heavenly torch!
It does not shine for him, it only can ignite
And puts to ashes towns and lands.


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