It seems a day does not go by without my receiving some e-missive from the various gay groups touting their efforts to promote equality. I’m most amused when I receive such missives from the group calling itself Freedom (sic) to Marry, its leaders obviously oblivious to the longstanding tension between those two concepts.
Recently, Kathy Griffin sent me a fundraising solicitation on behalf the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, “Emmys, Schmemmys- equality’s what really matters.” And I thought freedom was what matters. Not just that. At nearly every gay political gathering we attend, we hear about the goal about achieving that goal of “full equality” (whatever that means).
I cringe every time I hear that expression, knowing how various Communist and socialist regimes sought to impose equality. And how efforts in (mostly) capitalist countries to mandate such equality have gone awry, costing individuals (& private associations) their freedom, thwarting entrepreneurial expansion and innovation and hindering economic growth.
As we consider the achievement of “full equality,” do those who promote the notion have any idea what it means beyond a lofty-sounding ideal? I mean, to achieve full equality, you’re going to need someone enforcing it, to make sure the playing field is level and the results equitable, er, equal. Who’s going to be doing that? What benchmarks, what standards will they use to measure “full equality”? And who will be watching these watchers to make sure they administer their offices fairly?
And what will be the cost of their administration to the freedom of others who may not share this ideal of equality?