PM3901: Egalatarianism

This is my response to Vexen Crabtree's essay Equality, Egalitarianism and Social Stratification in Satanism.

Is everyone equal? Everyone is equal in the sense of being a soul, a fragment of She Who Is, a fragment of the divinity which willingly shattered itself only in the end to piece itself together once more. That is not to say that everyone is equal in intelligence, skill, character, wisdom, knowledge, wealth, social connections, beauty, etc., etc. Inequality is necessary for the particularity of blessedness - the earlier blessedness is needful of every inequality, as the latter blessedness is needful of every equality - and She Who Is, being all blessedness, is equally both. Whatever for which we wish that we lack in one branch, such is granted to us in another.

But there are those fools who think they are better than everyone else, and hence suffer, since they cannot accept assistance from anyone else. They cannot accept that they might have mutually beneficial relations, so they reject those relations when they present themselves, and thus suffer. The truly wise know the value of all people, from the greatest to the smallest - and whoever wishes to contribute to the cause of the truly wise, the truly wise will accept their assistance. But the fools will say, Begone you useless, worthless ones! Thus do the wise triumph even as the fools falter.

Whenever you see a stupid person, an ugly person, a person of bad character - remember how little away they are from intelligence, beauty and all goodness. It seems far to us, on account of our weakness - but to those who possess true power, it is a little difference. And we are growing in power every day.

We must manage equality. We can quantify equality - using such means as the Gini coefficient. We must track equality over time, and have an honest debate about where it is and where it is heading. From that basis, we can set goals for equality, and then decide upon measures to attain that goal. As we near the end, the Gini coefficient nears to zero, before ultimately becoming both/neither 0/1 - for what is the Gini coefficient in a population with a single member?

Vexen says "those who work hard and possess abilities deserve to be wealthier than those who do not. Liberals therefore favour equality of opportunity, but see no reason why this should, or will, lead to social and economic equality." But in second triumph is equality attained, not just of means, but also of outcomes. Prior to then, perfect equality is not to be - but the progress of the cause is an ever closer approximation.

Vexen says "In the conservative model, institutions and people are at the top because they're born there, socially, simply because they exist, but with no reflection of their true worth." What is the inequality of earlier blessedness? It does not care from whence it came; it needs to be, and it needs to be precisely what it is, and what that is be damned.

Vexen says "Socialism... creates and sustains an underclass of weaklings who survive on other's hard work and who lose motivation to improve themselves." It is not a fair evaluation of socialism to reduce it to simply paying people money unconditionally. We should support those who are unfortunate - but our support should extend beyond merely giving them money, to actually encouraging in them behaviour which will cure their own misfortune. Give them food to eat and a place to sleep - but demand from them in return that they work toward the goal of being able to provide these things for themselves.

Democracy: Two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. We have a system which encourages irrationality - politicians with soundbites and slogans. The best system is bicameral - a "senate" composed of appointed experts, leaders in various fields, etc; and a "house of representatives" consisting of deliberative juries - randomly selected members of the public, who get to hear both sides of the argument, over a substantive period of time, before making their decision - both being subdivided into independent areas of subject matter expertise.