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Bastian letter: Forced equality

History is replete with man’s efforts to enforce equality on its people. Forced equality eventually produces a strong desire for a strong centralized government that has the power to implement a desired uniformity among its citizenry.

This mindset often produces governors whose power is concentrated in such a way that it permits them to exercise power unwisely. In other words, conditions that produce equality may also produce a despot. History also found it also produces a hatred for privilege.

Europe has produced many examples of leaders who were elected/appointed to bring prosperity and freedom to its people, only to see their countrymen enslaved with few if any human rights; i.e. Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.

Equality is hard to create, but legislating it generally fails. One economist noted West Virginia is rich in resources, but its people have been plagued by poverty for generations. Connecticut, on the other hand, is poor in resources, with stony, untillable land; and yet its people are noted for their wealth.

Karl Marx set out to bring economic and social equality to the world, but failed in his efforts. Force is a failing strategy when trying to build a more perfect union.

Morris Bastian, Boise

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