Is it possible for all classes to enjoy the same standard of living?
For the most part in a "free world" ambition, desire, determination, and persistence has more of a bearing on the quality one's living standards then anything else. Some people are more goal oriented and inclined to work harder than others! That's instinctive.
While one child prefers to stay in his room watching TV and playing video games, another child may be knocking on neighbors doors offering to mow their lawns, rake their leaves, or shovel their snow for money. The first child relies on his parents to give him spending money and the second is independent and self-reliant. Odds are if they maintain the same patterns in life as adults the second child will end up having a more financially secure and higher standard of living.
How would you define an acceptable standard of living? To your question, the answer would be no. I would think that the only way to ensure such a uniformity would be to, as in a totalitarian form of government, mandate a certain standard, that all must live by. Who defines that standard and by all, are you including government officials or the ruling elite?
To accomplish your objective, you would have to void out individual achievement or tie in the non-achievers with the achievements of the few. I do not think that this would bode well with the few and would have the net result of muzzling the contributions achieved by the few.
Individual freedom would not exist in this world and, essentially, you will have created a sheep farm.
Altruism and Utopias do not exist in real terms regarding the human animal, but they do serve a Marxist mindset of empty promises, much as religious belief and can be best described as a herding strategy.
cjhunsinger, They said (same) standard of living. I agree with you it's impossible. There will always be those with higher IQs, stronger, faster, better looking, hardworking, or more likable than others. Life is not fair! Equality is just an idea.
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