November 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

Our contemporary hunger for equality can border on the comical. When my six-year-old son came home from first grade with a fancy winner's ribbon, I was filled with pride to discover that he had won a footrace. While I was heaping praise on him, he interrupted to correct me. "No, it wasn't just me," he explained. "We all won the race!" He impatiently educated me. He wasn't first or second or third--he couldn't even remember what place he took. Everyone who ran the race was told that they had won, and they were all given the same ribbon. "Well, you can't all win a race," I explained to him, ever-supportive father that I am. That doesn't even make sense. He simply held up his purple ribbon and raised his eyebrows at me, as if to say, "You are thus refuted." . . . -- Prof. Stephen T. Asma in his new book "Against Fairness" (University of Chicago Press)
Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at November 19, 2012 11:26 AM

*sarcasm* When my car needs fuel I make it a point to buy equal amounts from all of the filling stations I can see, regardless of the price, cleanliness or other amenities offered at particular retailers. We must all be fair - we must treat the unequal, equally. (Damn the consequences.) */sarcasm*

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 11:40 AM

Yeah, I'm with you all the way. Well, I did post it.

Yet I have this nagging doubt that "fairness" now goes in the "Stuff ThreeSourcers Hate" bin with Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King, Altruism, God, Twinkies, &c. Perhaps I am just exhausted from a long weekend of typing.

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 11:51 AM

Twinkies? You guys don't hate Twinkies.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at November 19, 2012 12:10 PM

I wrote derisively of Twinkies. H8r!

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 12:16 PM

And I thought MLK had been defended.

As for fair or fairness, the objective version is a virtue; the subjective or redistributive version a vice. For it necessarily contradicts objective fairness in the way it treats the redistribution victim, i.e. redistributant (as opposed to redistributee at the hands of a redistributor.) Too much? Okay. Redistribution Victim.

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 2:47 PM

Umm, brother jg, on other sites, you'll find that MLK does not need defending.

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 3:48 PM

Fair enough but in defense of any partial or temporary criticisms appearing here I'll suggest that celebrity or popularity doesn't confer exemption from critical inquiry. On other sites, Che Guevera does not need defending.

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 6:13 PM

No, I'm proud to be among the iconoclasts. Just reminded of the uphill battles we face.

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