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Quote 937

It might not be “fair” that a dedicated nurse earns so little, when a popular entertainer can pocket millions by recording a few songs. It is not supposed to be fair. The point is that, vital and worthwhile though the nurse's services are, they are performed to few people. The popular entertainer, on the other hand, performs a service which millions of people are prepared to pay for. The economic reward is greater because he or she satisfies greater numbers. There is nothing fair or unfair about it. Attempts to replace the rewards given dispassionately by the market with ones corresponding to our scale of values lead to disruptions and shortages. If we pay social workers more than truck drivers because we think they are “worth” more, this will cause a surplus of social workers and a shortage of truck drivers. The wages of truck drivers will no longer attract sufficient numbers of ambitious youngsters into the profession, whereas more will go into social work than are needed.

   --  Masden Pirie


  • This is meaningless
  • Running track example good way of explaining
  • Treatment = Same conditions
  • Opportunity = Same conditions + handicap
  • Outcomes = Same result. (ignores inputs like hours worked) (you must include everything and be totalitarian, or be arbitrary)
  • Outcomes – We can never answer if we take everything into account if the outcome is equal.
  • Outcomes- when you do decide to include everything in your calculation you have to weight different outcomes, this is difficult from a state level, and individuals already do this
  • Ask leftists, when is it too progressive , or when are taxes too high
  • Really about imposition of values.
  • One persons ideas about what is fair are another's ideas about what is prejudice,

Something for nothing culture

This cuture uses Fairness as an excuse to get something for nothing.
"When someone gets something for nothing, someone else gets nothing for something which is just plain not fair."