One of the propositions we have been pursuing in this series of lectures and seminars sets forth that techne from its inception works toward the equalization of abilities for all workers. First there is the improvisation and then the fashioning of tools and weapons--clubs, bow-and-arrows, levers, pulleys-- equalizing advantages of strength. Machinery in effect eliminates strength as a consideration. Education becomes the equalizer when skills and crafts must be learned; a person may be slow to learn a procedure but once it is learned, little difference exists in production.
Cowan, Donald, "The New Equality" (1995). University of Oklahoma. 1.