The religious right are getting upset over this.
Inequality is the root of social evil,
tweeteth the Pope.
Look, guys: We can’t make fun of the left as plodding, black-n-white thinkers without the intellectual wattage to toast bread if we do the same damn thing. Of course inequality is the root of social evil. Take five seconds to think about it: monetary inequality, intellectual inequality, attractiveness inequality…. I can’t do evil to you if I don’t have some kind of advantage over you. This is about as plain as zits on the prom queen, as Fred Reed so eloquently puts it.
The problem is, said inequality is ineradicable, and almost any government program to ameliorate it invariably ends in far worse social evil. It’s bad that Billy Bob doesn’t have “health insurance.” That’s an inequality of one, and an evil of one. Screwing up the perfectly good health care coverage of millions of others, such that we all have the same shitty “health insurance” as Billy Bob, reduces inequality to zero by imposing evil on millions.
His Holiness got the diagnosis right. The question is, what’s the treatment?Loading Likes...