while i dont see why you would consider your observations empirical as the few immigrate shop owners you know or the director of NSA certainly dont qualify for that. you dont supply much to support your position either, nonetheless let me try to explain. i dont believe in social darwinism. we are humans and through the power of our minds dont qualify for being subjected to rules that might apply in nature. we acctually stepped out of nature. we have morals, we have awareness which ultimately leaves us with responsibility. i believe that people are infact not equal as they are a product of their surroundings and up bringing. people are not equally smart thats why they can not achieve equally. i believe that in order to live in a remotely safe society you have to care for the less fortunate as well. see it as a family. do you love one of your sons less because he is not a maths genius like you used to be. do you favour your daughter for achieving higher on her high school finals ? you are still a father to both of them and i take it you are a decent father and love them equally much. your underachieving son might be a rebellious pain in the ass but do you stop loving him because of that ? why are you afraid to apply these very basic principles and infact very christian principles to the society you live in. it is easy to play the blame game and say , it is is their own fault that they cant make it out off the slums into the nice suburbs. like with everything though, answers are not simple. every individual has his own story.