This quote is really interesting, but does it come with any context? Where did you get it from?
“There is nothing more unequal than equal treatment of unequal people” can have many interpretations nowadays, for example, the level of skill someone has (as we saw on chapter 4), but judging on the time in which Thomas Jefferson lived, he was probably referring to races in the United States. I believe we all can accept that Jefferson, and many of his contemporaries, did not really question the idea that African American people where not from a different race but also of an inferior one.
So is that what the quote refers to or not?
I think it’s important to check the context the quote is surrounded by, because it is difficult to try to use it only to explain situations in which some humans are more skilled than others.
Moving to another subject, my take on why we reject socialism is because many of us believe in meritocracy: things, such as power, goods, and jobs, should be vested in individuals on the basis of talent, effort and achievement, so you aren’t handed anything, you earn everything every single day and you have to prove you deserve it over and over again.
Really nice discussion, hope it continues.