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November 9, 2013

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Inequality best gift nature gave man

The best thing nature gave man was his inequality. This inequality gave man the ability to perform various kinds of labor and have different mental abilities and processes. Look at EVERYTHING that is produced here on earth by mankind because of the inequality of man’s abilities.

 Inequality is also displayed in the unequal distribution of natural resources here on earth. The inequality of man and of the natural resources on earth make the division of labor and the combination of labor possible and necessary to accomplish economic undertakings that would be impossible for the single individual.

It is not necessary for people who cooperate under the division of labor to love each other. They cooperate because it best suits their own interests.  

Racial hatred is not a natural phenomenon innate in man or because of man’s inequality. It is the product of ideologies. To understanding different ideologies, I say don’t look at what it says about the unknowable, but about man’s actions in this world. Racial hatred can only harm the division of labor and combination of labor, both of which are necessary for economic growth.

Regardless of the differences and inequalities in man’s intelligence, physical strength and emotional makeup, reason shows the best means of improving his condition is social cooperation and the division of labor. A strong and growing economy requires the inequality of man.

— Charles Bean

Terre Haute


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