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Scarcity: a Form of Equality

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Aguilar, Esteban
Mr. Urquiza
Period 1.
May 31, 2015
SCARCITY: A FORM OF EQUALITY
It is well known that in America, everyone is considered equal no matter race or sexual orientation. This would be true if social classes didn’t exist.   If everyone were truly equal, people would have the same wealth necessary to obtain their necessities. Scarcity is one of the most basic economic problems faced in the world; there is never enough of anything in the world to satisfy those who want it.   The world only has a limited amount of resources which leaves some people with greed and hunger, and others with wealth and prosperity. Some men are created more equal than others   which is why there are class markers between people.   People who have more wealth are “better off” than those who do not. Those who have more, take more from those who do not, which leaves them fending   for themselves. Scarcity leads to the creation social class because it puts wealthier people with abundant resources at the top of the social hierarchy and those with nothing or very little at the bottom. The very existence of Man is discriminatory which is why there are world powers, poverty, and imperialism.
Britain is industrialized because of the abundance of resources it was sitting on. It was sheer coincidence that Britain had access to tons of coal, which instantly made them into a leading economic superpower in the world. The only reason “History followed different courses for different peoples [is] because of differences among peoples’ environments, not because of biological differences among peoples’ themselves” (Diamond, 25). In other words, the resources found within Britain could have been formed anywhere and in no way, shape, or form are the British “better” for having said resources. The only thing that happened is “...some peoples developed guns, germs, steel, and other factors conferring political and economic power before others did…” (Diamond, 24) which allowed for countries to...

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