Hi all, hope everyone is keeping well. The other day I wrote “…these values of libertarianism, and individuality are primary to living in equitable world.” I’ve been thinking, what do I mean by “equitable world”. So, I thought I could explore here what I think I mean. The word equitable means fair, treating everyone equally. Yet we don’t live in a fare world, by its very nature the world is not an equitable place. In terms of treating everyone fairly and equally, that is most achievable especially under law. We all wont to I think (if not most of us) to treat each other fairly, but I struggle to actually define what that means.
There are things in the world that aren’t fare, disabilities, birth defects, strokes etc that simply don’t seem fare. So, it’s that in those terms the world will never be fair. What is true is that we can control how we treat people, but we cannot control people’s outcomes– their destinies if you like. If we tried to control outcomes inevitably other people would be disenfranchised. That would not be treating each person fairly. What we can control is opportunities, we can give people equal and fair opportunities to succeed. We can give fair help to those disadvantaged by nature or by poverty, so they have fair chance of succeeding in an unfair world.
So, I guess I’m speaking in terms of reciprocity, in terms of the mutual or similar advantage. However, in more deep senses I’m talking about the give and take in society. I don’t feal we truly get a fair deal; we don’t have I think a good system of reciprocity. Society seems to take more than it gives, this social contract I feel is now defunct. We live in an outdated system of reciprocity in my view, where individuals work for increasingly meagre returns. Thus is the state of inflation, money becomes less valuable as time goes on, meaning successive generations continually must work harder for less. (It never used to be that way.) That in my view is not a fare deal! Too as the World Economic Forum talks in the sense that in the future one will Owen nothing and be happy. All this talk of a grate reset, that looks to my eye to be dystopic.
The way we are taxed talking of the UK, seems rather unfair too. You work for an increasingly less valuable incomes that is taxed, to buy increasingly more expensive goods that are taxed, drive on roads that are taxed, live in homes that are taxed, gather wealth and inheritance that are taxed. That doesn’t seem like a good deal to me, because what we get in return in is poor infrastructure, an increasingly massive national debit, a failing health acre system, poorer and poorer educational systems, increased surveillance and tracking of private lives. All while being expatiated to work harder and harder as the system gets worse and worse, not a fair deal.
In my view if we must continue with stems of bit reciprocity as is with monitory systems, we should be taxed less, the currency should be deflated and perhaps provided it doesn’t come with a social score or preconditions (except perhaps citizenship) a universal basic income. A system of full reciprocity in my view would be better. So, I guess that’s what I mean when I say an “Equitable world”. I stress though, that an equitable world can only truly be achieved through librarian and individualist values. otherwise, all we would end up with is dystopia, tyranny and just an absolute mess.
Once again thank you for reading my ramblings, stay well all.