From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
"THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren't only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213 th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General." --"Harrison Bergeron" (1961) Kurt Vonnegut
Social equality is a social state of affairs in which certain different people have the same status in a certain respect, at the very least in voting rights, freedom of speech and assembly, the extent of property rights as well as the access to education, health care and other social securities.
If this ideal situation of social equality were to exist, inequality would not be present in society. However, inequality does in fact exist because everyone does not have equal status, education, or health care. These inequalities must vanish before social equality can ever exist.
In order to end social inequality, it is beneficial to know the definition: “Social inequality is the expression of lack of access to housing, health care, education, employment opportunities, and status. It is the exclusion of people from full and equal participation in what we, the members of society, perceive as being valuable, important personally worthwhile and socially desirable”
- Equal opportunity
- Equality of outcome
- Rule according to higher law
- Leveling mechanism