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“Let Us Have No Foolishness Indeed”

Equality as a moral or political imperative, pursued as an end in itself–Equality, with the capital “E”–is the antonym of every legitimate conservative principle.  Contrary to most Liberals, new and old, it is nothing less than sophistry to distinguish between equality of opportunity (equal starts in the “race of life”) and equality of condition (equal results).  For only those who are equal can take equal advantage of a given circumstance.  And there is no man equal to any other, except perhaps in the special, and politically untranslatable, understanding of the Deity.  Not intellectually or physically or economically or even morallyNot equal!  Such is, of course, the genuinely self-evident proposition.  Its truth finds a verification in our bones and is demonstrated in the unselfconscious acts of our everyday lives: vital proof, regardless of our private political persuasion. ~M.E. Bradford, A Better Guide Than Reason

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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