3 thoughts on “Equality can’t be mandated by law”

  1. Posted 15/10/2010 at 13:07 | Permalink

    I’m rather a fan of the Parable of the Vineyard [St. Matthew, ch. 20], where different workers all get paid a penny for their labour, even though some of them work much less than a full day. I interpret the story to be more about upholding individual contracts than ‘equality’.

    There are reasons to expect, in a free market, that wages will tend towards equality for equal work (though there can be many aspects to ‘equality’ of work). So reducing obstacles to free markets (such as government interference) is likely to help ‘equal’ outcomes.

    But local actors may be conscious of relevant distinctions that central planners are content to ignore — an aspect of Hayek’s ‘division of knowledge’.

  2. Posted 15/10/2010 at 17:29 | Permalink

    It has always been a feature of politically correct left wing thinking that they believe human nature can be changed by the passing of laws.

  3. Posted 26/10/2010 at 13:32 | Permalink

    You may be interested to investigate the effects of minimum wage legislation on the gender pay gap. This shows that law can improve equality. It is also worth noting that there is a strong correlation between union membership and lower gender pay gaps at both the national and firm level – debunking your ‘breaking up the unions’ assertion.

    You note that “the current position of women in the Western world is arguably better than at any point anywhere else in history”, yet the UK ranks 42nd in the Global Gender Gap index on the economic participation and opportunity index, one place ahead of China and below, among others, Kenya, Uganda, Thailand and Kazakhstan.

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