View Poll Results: What type of Equality should the government seek to assure for its citizens?

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  • Equal treatment

    17 77.27%
  • Equal opportunity

    15 68.18%
  • Equal effect

    1 4.55%
  • Equal assets

    2 9.09%
  • Equal existence

    1 4.55%
  • The government should not attempt to ensure any kind of equality

    1 4.55%
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    Equality

    What is your idea of the type of equality the government should assure its citizens?

    (1) Equal treatment
    (2) Equal opportunity
    (3) Equal effect
    (4) Equal assets
    (5) Equal existence
    (6) The government should not attempt to ensure any kind of equality

    You can define these choices for yourselves. Feel free to pick more than one. If you feel none of the above represent your view, please pick the option that is the closest fit.
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    Re: Equality

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    What is your idea of the type of equality the government should assure its citizens?

    (1) Equal treatment
    (2) Equal opportunity
    (3) Equal effect
    (4) Equal assets
    (5) Equal existence
    (6) The government should not attempt to ensure any kind of equality

    You can define these choices for yourselves. Feel free to pick more than one. If you feel none of the above represent your view, please pick the option that is the closest fit.
    some combination of 1 (under the law), 2 (through things like public schooling), 4 (not truly equal, but some balancing and redistribution as its necessary to make #2 happen, sure)

    I wouldn't say any of them should be absolute though (except for #1 where possible) and the priority would probably be situational.
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    Re: Equality

    1 and 2. Every one should have the opportunity to advance in life as far as they can go, and every one should be treated equally(all other things being equal).
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    Re: Equality

    Equal treatment and equal opportunity. I'm not sure what "equal effect" and "equal existence" even means. To me "equal assets" means that the government takes control all property, money and other assets away from all citizens, and hands back whatever it deems proper to all citizens so that each citizen has exactly the same amount as every other citizen. Clearly, I'm not in favor of that.

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    Re: Equality

    Definitely 1 and 2. What the hell is equal existence? People's existences are unequal by nature.
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    Re: Equality

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    Equal treatment and equal opportunity. I'm not sure what "equal effect" and "equal existence" even means. To me "equal assets" means that the government takes control all property, money and other assets away from all citizens, and hands back whatever it deems proper to all citizens so that each citizen has exactly the same amount as every other citizen. Clearly, I'm not in favor of that.
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    Re: Equality

    Equal opportunity, and that is all.

    Equal treatment was tempting, but standing alone it is too broad. Equal treatment by whom, and under what circumstances? Must I treat a stranger the same way I'd treat a family member or close friend? Too broad, yes.

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    Re: Equality

    1) Equal treatment. I think as long as we have equal treatment under the law then the other things will work out the way they should.

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    Re: Equality

    1 and 2. Equal treatment (within reason) is good. Equal opportunity by way of things like effective education and programs to help people work out of poverty are good. Assuming equal existence means getting an equal of amount of each sex, race, etc., then no, that's weird. Assuming equal effect means making sure that each sex, race, etc. has an equal affect on society, then no as well - that's not the government's job, same for assets.

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    Re: Equality

    Bad poll. 'Legal equality' is what I wanted to see -- none of that socialist crap.
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