A moral system requires fairness. A fair system in an opportunity society rewards merit. In contrast, an unfair system redistributes resources simply to derive greater income equality. That is a world in which, in the words of Rudyard Kipling, “all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins.”
America does not have a perfect opportunity society. But if we want to move closer to that ideal, we must define fairness as meritocracy, embrace an economic system that rewards merit, and work tirelessly for more equal opportunity for all, rich and poor alike.
– Dr. Arthur Brooks, President AEI, Author of The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise and Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compasionate Conservatism Who Gives, Who Doesn’t, and Why It Matters
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