In the story “Harrison Bergeron,” equality is imposed by handicapping those who excel in any way. For example, those who are graceful are fitted with weights to make them awkward, those who are smart have their thoughts scrambled by loud radio signals, et cetera. The socialist utopia Sweden demonstrates how mandated equality works in real life:
Annica Eriksson, a lunch lady at [a] school in Falun, was told that her cooking is just too good.
Pupils at the school have become accustomed to feasting on newly baked bread and an assortment of 15 vegetables at lunchtime, but now the good times are over.
The municipality has ordered Eriksson to bring it down a notch since other schools do not receive the same calibre of food – and that is “unfair”.
In addition to being an affront to culinary justice, Eriksson’s excellent cooking violates the sacred bureaucratic principle of uniformity.
“A menu has been developed… It is about making a collective effort on quality, to improve school meals overall and to try and ensure everyone does the same,” Katarina Lindberg, head of the unit responsible for the school diet scheme, told the local Falukuriren newspaper. …
From now on, the school’s vegetable buffet will be halved in size and Eriksson’s handmade loafs will be replaced with store-bought bread.
A happy ending — from the moonbat point of view.
On a tip from Smorfia48.