On Thu, 3 Sep 2020 17:53:10 -0700 (PDT), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers Post by Crash
On Thu, 3 Sep 2020 14:47:50 -0700 (PDT), James Christophers
Post by Crash
On Tue, 1 Sep 2020 18:41:26 -0700 (PDT), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers
A typically British angle - that egalitarianism requires equality of
income. It does not. Egalitarianism espouses that we are all equal
despite our differences - that those born with nothing have the same
rights as those born with excessive wealth (in this context).
Those born into poverty and deprivation may well enjoy the same rights (an abstraction) as those born into wealth and excess, but in economic terms (practicalities) they are anything but equal. And its the practicalities, not the abstractions, that count when it comes to a child's health, education and warm, dry housing. Every time.
Those born into poverty may well lack access to creature comforts and
wealth, but they do not lack access to state funded services. They
may well have parents that consider schools as nothing more than
childcare and doctors whose fees are unaffordable when there is no
money left over after paying for food, rent, smokes and the pub
"May well" is all very well but, assuming it has substance, how could any of these factors be made to change in view of the long-institutionalised habit-forming mentality that characterises them?
Post by Crash
We cannot legislate parents to bring their children up properly.
Neither can we legislate that the needs of their children rank a
higher priority than non-essential spending.
See my previous reply.
Post by Crash
The difference between a child who attends high-decile vs low-decile
schools can often be found at home in terms of what the parents do to
encourage their child to achieve in life. Egalitarianism is where any
child anywhere in NZ can achieve well, despite their background rather
than because of it.
Accessibility is doubtless universal, but opportunities to take advantage of it are beset by the same long-institutionalised mentality that no child is in a position to escape. - hence New Zealand's deep-rooted inter-generational condition.
New Zealand's shameful youth suicide stats also reflect a similar, if not the same, deeply ingrained social malaise.
Meanwhile, yer zero-productivity self-employed talkback-host-for-rent will at this moment be lauding a real-productivity hard-working PAYE minion from "Struggle Street" while simultaneously savouring the taxation he evades through his 'legitimate' family trust.
There is a commercial pre-school competing in a low decile area of
Auckland for business, that offered free pick up and delivery - pick
up from 6:30 in the morning and drop off up to about 5:30 or 6pm. It
cost them a van and driver, but catered for those where both parents
had at least one job and replaced commercial day-care with some
pre-school programme, and the hassle of transport to and from the
centre. Minimum wage, high rent, 3 or 4 children; it can be tough to
ensure that children get to and from school safely when even running a
vehicle may be financially difficult.
At one time both major political parties professed to value equal
opportunity for all children. It has not been achieved in reality.