The Western mind has been made so inflexible by liberal thought that it has become an excruciating exercise to contemplate beyond the realm of liberalism. Yet if we muster the intellectual force, shall we consider is the doctrine of social equality true or false? Is it true that the perfection of society and happiness for all lies in the implementation of social equality? As a tool for civilization, how does social equality affect the poor, how does it affect progress, how does it affect leadership?
Starting with the premise that humans seem to possess an unquenchable, insatiable thirst for progress, it is necessary to address how progress is made possible. The answer is Ability. Ability is a naturally occurring phenomenon in humans, unable to be redistributed or interchanged by legislation, which, upon exertion, motivates labor, renders innovation, devises solutions, nourishes imagination, organizes production, realizes objectives and maintains order. Ability is then paired with Labor to produce.
However, to be clear, man in not inclined naturally to Labor. Without incentive man will work as little as possible only producing what is needed for basic sustenance. Dependency on Labor alone will not lead to progress. Man requires an incentive to labor and that incentive is Wealth. Wealth is the natural incentive to mobilize man to greater exertion. Wealth may not exist without ownership of property; Labor alone does not produce wealth. In sum, exertion of individual genius or unique and rare talent partners with Labor, infiltrates society, and produces wealth for the talented as well as all who are in the path of this exertion of Ability.
Strict social equality is, in fact, the enemy of progress and wealth creation. Equality benefits no one. It relegates men of talent and superior abilities to a depressing level of basic sustenance also suppressing opportunity for all potential recipients of positive gain from the exertion of Ability. All are thus confined to the unrewarding, dreary, uninteresting condition.
“Reduce great men, or merely men of energy and talent, to the boredom of equality, and you reduce the mass of men proportionately.” (A Conservative Mind, by Russell Kirk, p. 404)
Social equality is a fallacy.