I think about every other time I walk across the diag or through mason hall I see a guy (and sometimes a girl) holding out a flyer just waiting for me to make that awkward eye contact with them so they can get me to sign some petition about fairness and equal opportunity. Which I do because believe until things are actually equal then affirmative action should be in place. But that’s beside that point.
In class we talked about what Rousseau would think about when it came to Affirmative action and if it was good or bad and better yet fair. While he believes in liberty and equality we talked about if this would be the right way to go about it in his eyes.
After long talks about fairness and unfairness and opportunity and more fairness we finally settled on the idea that Rousseau would be on board with affirmative action because it is the “general will” of the people. And the general will of the people as it happens to be in align with affirmative action is to promote equal opportunity.
Furthermore ,In his theory about social contract, Rousseau believes that the primary function of social contract is to make up for the inequalities that exist in our society. By doing this, the voices of the disadvantaged and less fortunate would be recognized, and they will eventually be able to enjoy the same opportunities.
In this sense, Rousseau would support affirmative action because its intention is to provide the less advantaged with the same opportunities and access to a good education, careers, and brighter futures. What do you think? How do you think others that we have read about would react to affirmative action? And better yet do you think it actually is promoting equal opportunity?