One of the books I’m currently reading is T.M. Scanlon’s “Why Does Inequality Matter?”. That guy is supposedly one of the most eminent philosophers alive. Yet, the book is full of shoddy thinking. I don’t know, maybe that is a hallmark of contemporary academic philosophy. The issues you would wish him to probe into he seems to be either oblivious to or unwilling to address. Suddenly, things are “obviously” correct or incorrect, depending on his own beliefs. For instance, when writing on discrimination, he flat-out states that prejudices are “generally wrong”, and that’s it. He does not deem it worthy to discuss this issue at all, no matter how shallowly. I could only laugh at that. Let’s dig a bit deeper into that.
Philosophers like Scanlon as well as your garden-variety liberal shithead love to proclaim that we are all equal, all the same, and if there are differences in observed outcomes, it is due to discrimination, but only
Now, assume you live in a society in which it has been observed over centuries that a certain group of people
Of course, it may just so happen, in theory, that a new Einstein is born to a family that has spent fifteen generations cultivating a parasitic lifestyle. For practical purposes, we can discount this completely, but we’ll give guys like Scanlon the benefit of the doubt and, for the sake of the argument, ignore genes and the effects of the environment. Thus, if we lived in a society in which we systematically discriminated against such people by, for instance, having anonymized standardized examinations in which, if they even take part in them, they end up in the bottom few
So, let’s assume Roma-Einstein made it to Harvard and now is about to enter the workforce. He may face some discrimination because of the color of his skin and the reputation of his people. He may experience some discrimination, which surely is more than compensated by all the affirmative action he’s been enjoying. Yet, does this really change anything in general? If it is still the case that his people are engaged in all kinds of disreputable behavior, it is the case that the “prejudice” such people are exposed to is perfectly justified.
Prejudice is nothing but battle-hardened wisdom. You can disregard it at your own peril. It seems that in
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