Fairness, Equality and Reality

The ethical question of fairness, of whether to treat people equally, does not depend on whether or not people are in fact equal. I get irate at how people confuse these two. To treat unequal people equally is an ethical decision, not an expression of belief in pre-existing equality. The expense of this moral choice, however, IS proportional to the extent to which equality is truly there.

Discrimination laws restrict the data which can be used to make certain decisions.

Fuzzy points: how is it that women getting cheaper car insurance than men is not sexual discrimination? To collect data on race for that same purpose would clearly be illegal. What about lower insurance for high GPA students?

In health insurance, the improvement of predictive diagnostics forces this ethical confrontation, where newly unequal individuals are to be treated equally.

Personally, the lack of discrimination is a question of consistency. The bigger the groups which one treats uniformly are, the more one is able to develop and expose rules of reward and retaliation.

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