The blog of Professor Keith Burgess-Jackson was one of the first I began to read routinely. I was attracted to his subject matter of philosophy and reasoning, punctuated by his clear and logical writing.
Several years later, I still read the good Professor's blog every day. I wouldn't miss it, not with fine posts like this one! This addendum in particular is right on the money:
I hope I didn’t leave the impression that equality is unimportant. It’s very important, but we must understand it properly. The sort of equality that’s important, in a free society, is equality of opportunity. Progressives want equality of outcomes. To get it, they are willing to sacrifice liberty and other goods.
A superior society doesn't guarantee that everyone is totally equal - something that is truly impossible to achieve, even if one wanted to do so. A good society strives to offer everyone open opportunities to meet their dreams. Even this is a tall order, yet one that we should do much to try to meet.
Handing everyone the same stuff would do harm. Why would anyone make an effort to learn more, work harder, sacrifice, practice, create, risk and more if all their efforts paid the same as those who did nothing? Why indeed?
Thanks, Keith, for all your efforts with the blog and your classroom!