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Equality: The Impossible Quest by [van Creveld, Martin]
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All over the Western world gaps between rich and poor are widening—or the headlines say. Nobody has done more to spread this view than the French economic historian Thomas Piketty, whose best-selling volume, Capital in the Twentieth Century, not only documents the process but represents one long call for reducing the gaps so as to create a more equal society. But what is equality? Who invented the idea, when, where, and why? How did it develop, grow, mature, and interact with other ideas? How was it implemented, and at what cost? Are we getting closer to it? What is the promise? What is the threat?

There is equality before God and equality here on earth. There is natural equality and the kind of equality that society creates. Some people, incidentally, want to extend equality to animals and plants as well. There is equality of body and there is equality of mind. There is economic equality and there is equality before the law. There is civic equality and there is political equality and there is equality of opportunity and there is equality in front of death. There is equality among individuals and there is equality among groups, nations, and races. In Aldous Huxley’s celebrated book, Brave New World, this truth is held to be self-evident that men are equal in respect to their physico-chemical makeups, but in no other way. The list is seemingly endless

Equality: The Impossible Quest considers all these problems and more. It begins by considering our primate relatives as well as various historical societies that never heard of equality. Next, it traces the development of the idea and its implementation in various societies throughout history. This include ancient Greek equality as realized in Athens and Sparta, monastic equality in both East and West, social revolts aimed at establishing equality, utopian equality, liberal equality of the American and French Revolutionary varieties, socialist, communist and kibbutz equalities, Nazi equality, the equality of women and minorities, and biological equality through medical and genetic science. The last chapter deals with the greatest equalizer of all, death.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2822 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Castalia House (March 17 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UVLE20W
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 starsNeither Jew nor Greek, Bond nor Free, Male nor Female
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5.0 out of 5 starsAn eye opener on the dominant Equality paradigm.
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5.0 out of 5 starsNo more need be said--this book is excellent on all counts. Even thouigh dangerously (for the autholr) non-PC.
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5.0 out of 5 starsEquality, like much else on the pendulum of history, can never find rest at a happy medium
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