Equality of Result
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The ultimate goal for many leftists is equality of result. Conservatives believe in equal opportunity. As long as an equal level playing field exists, the result remains acceptable. But not for leftists. An example is affirmative action. For conservatives as long as each person is given an equal opportunity to be hired regardless of race, the hiring factor should be largely talent and the drive of the potential employee. For leftists, they are not satisfied unless a certain percentage of the employees are of a minority race or gender regardless of qualifications. And so during the hiring process, they will consider the race or gender of the applicant in order to control the result. To see specifics of equality of result regarding race, please click here.
This also includes equality of result regarding economic and financial equality of result. This means that those from the left care more about everyone having the same amount of wealth more than wealth creation or a level playing field for all people. In order to achieve this equality of economic result, those from the left want the government, with all of its powers, to redistribute wealth.
The problem with such economic redistribution are many. First, such a redistribution kills any incentive to work hard. It also does not reward the talented or the person who works more than another. Therefore such a system moves away from merit-based and focuses on other irrelevant factors as race and gender. Second, such a system makes the rich poor. The greatness of the American system is that with hard work and talent, it can make any poor person rich due to the equal opportunity the system allows. When the system makes the rich become poor, everybody becomes equally poor.