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  Egalitarianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Meanwhile, other defenders of material egalitarianism have rejected Marxist communism in favor of such views as libertarian socialism, which does not advocate the transitional use of the state as a means of redistribution.
Libertarianism can be understood as radical political egalitarianism, according to which everyone is equal (or nearly equal) in coercive political power, because no one has any (or those who have it have little and are strictly limited in their use of it).
Almost all theories of egalitarianism aim at equality within human societies, or at least confine themselves to human beings in general as the relevant group among whom equality should prevail.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Egalitarianism   (675 words)

 The Absurdity of Egalitarianism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Egalitarians believe that inequality is unjust and justice requires a society to move steadily toward greater equality.
The difference, egalitarians might say, is that the poor, fls, and women are unequal as a result of injustice, such as exploitation, discrimination, prejudice, and so forth, while this is not true of the life expectancy of men.
Suppose that egalitarianism is seen for what it is: an absurd attempt to deny in the name of justice that people should be held responsible for their actions and treated as they deserve based on their merits or demerits.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/Printable.asp?ID=11904   (1977 words)

Egalitarianism is a protean doctrine, because there are several different types of equality, or ways in which people might be treated the same, that might be thought desirable.
Interpreting Karl Marx as an egalitarian normative theorist is a tricky undertaking, however, in view of the fact that he tends to eschew explicit theorizing on moral principles and to regard assertions of moral principles as so much ideological dust thrust in the eyes of the workers by defenders of capitalism.
A just and egalitarian society is not plausibly held to be obligated to do whatever turns out to be necessary to bring it about that their members attain any given level or share of quality of life.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/egalitarianism   (12667 words)

 FrontPage magazine.com :: The Lie of Egalitarianism by Jamie Glazov
In having this attitude, egalitarians forget that human progress was always achieved in the past and will only be achieved in the future by people who have exceptional talent combined with the willingness to work hard to use their talent for some purpose.
Egalitarians find these differences immoral.but this is simply a failure to accept the human condition, the fact that human beings are different as a result of genetic inheritance and subsequent experiences.
Egalitarians perhaps do not intend this, but whether they intend it or not, this is what they would have to aim at in order to pursue their absurd goal of changing human nature.
www.frontpagemag.com /Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=12158   (3872 words)

 Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature by Murray N. Rothbard
Even egalitarians would be hard put to deny the historical record, but their answer is that "culture" has been to blame; and since they obviously hold that culture is a pure act of the will, then the goal of changing the culture and inculcating society with equality seems to be attainable.
The egalitarian revolt against biological reality, as significant as it is, is only a subset of a deeper revolt: against the ontological structure of reality itself, against the "very organization of nature"; against the universe as such.
Egalitarians do not have ethics on their side unless one can maintain that the destruction of civilization, and even of the human race itself, may be crowned with the laurel wreath of a high and laudable morality.
www.lewrockwell.com /rothbard/rothbard31.html   (4756 words)

 Egalitarianism and Empire: Publications: The Independent Institute
Egalitarianism and empire are characterized by a growing acceptance of positive law and a belief in the state as the ultimate source of all value and law.
Egalitarian pressure was probably the major factor in the gradual watering down of standards and the eventual introduction of a procedure whereby degrees could simply be purchased.
Egalitarian pressures from students who demand the right to evaluate their teachers, and from peers who evaluate one another, push the system toward bureaucratization in which free thought and creativity are undermined.
www.independent.org /publications/article.asp?id=1410   (9270 words)

Such divisions in belief as between egalitarianism and elitism allow us to become partisan, a kind of intellectual balkanization that means we identify more with a certain belief polarity than we do with the actual task at hand, finding a solution so society can move forward.
Egalitarians will wail that there is not enough social mobility; decadent aristocrats will complain that too much is given over to the masses.
However, the group of people who make any society work are those in the middle; they are not undifferentiated, having found a trade, and they are not elites, in the largest part because they have no interest in ruling: their attention is upon their livelihood, family and local community.
www.anus.com /zine/articles/egalitarianism   (1025 words)

 Friends of La Nef: The Problem of "radical egalitarianism" in Catholic culture
Radical egalitarianism in the Church states that it is not enough for people to be equal in dignity; they must be equal in responsibilities and authority as well.
A very successful tactic of egalitarians in the Church was to hijack otherwise fine phrases and suit them to their agenda.
As marriage is the fundamental organ of society, and is where the hierarchy is held at its most basic point, the egalitarians recognize that destroying this hierarchy is essential to destroying larger ones.
friendsoflanef.blogspot.com /2006/02/problem-of-radical-egalitarianism-in.html   (834 words)

Egalitarianism comes in many forms, all of which are destructive.
Egalitarianism manifest itself as hatred of those that are successful or that have managed to achieve values.
Egalitarianism is just a mask for the hatred of the good.
www.importanceofphilosophy.com /Evil_Egalitarianism.html   (223 words)

 The New Egalitarianism
That we need a 'new egalitarianism', and that the task of responding to changing social realities is a task that is internal to the whole process of theorising itself, is a position that might be questioned by some theorists.
In his later work, Rawls increasingly focused his attention on the social conditions necessary to ensure that his egalitarian theory of justice could be accepted by all citizens in a democratic society as a practical basis for political organisation.
What's new about the 'new egalitarianism' is that equality has become an issue largely removed from the field of political contestation, and is no longer conceived of as a zero-sum game of social redistribution.
www.culturewars.org.uk /2005-01/egalitarianism.htm   (1798 words)

 Egalitarianism: The Holy Grail of Socialism
It appears that he may have created the popular socialist egalitarian position that property is theft, but at some point he realized it was completely unworkable in real life, and then used the term individual possession to get around the problem he developed.
Egalitarianism is actually at odds with this concept, and would try to force individuals to accept the dictates of the masses.
Egalitarians, in their mad dash for equality of results, are all too willing to use the power of the state to pass laws that oppose the natural laws of economics and individual expression.
www.strike-the-root.com /4/weebies/weebies5.html   (1429 words)

 http://www.qando.net/ - Radical egalitarianism, social justice and the Democrats
What egalitarianism attempts to do is remove social tensions, the very source of societal dynamism, in order to create a society where all will be equal in every conceivable way.
Compassionate Conservatism is big-government Republicanism and it panders to the ideology of egalitarianism.
I’m not saying the drive for egalitarianism explans every action of government (some of them may be residual programs left over from the previous concept of government which are still useful pragmatically, some just the way the business of government has developed internally over the years).
www.qando.net /details.aspx?Entry=3564   (3634 words)

 Dangerous Egalitarian Dreams by John Kekes, City Journal Autumn 2001
In their egalitarian philosophical system, there's no need to debate the merits of progressive taxation, anti-poverty programs, socialized medicine, affirmative action, and welfare legislation: a society that lacks them is, by definition, not a just society.
Economic egalitarianism requires depriving the 86 percent of citizens who live above the poverty level of a substantial portion of their legally owned property in order to give it to the 14 percent who live below it.
The amazing egalitarian claim is that rationality requires us to disregard these concrete circumstances and actual principles in order to conform to more fundamental abstract and general principles, which Rawls and Dworkin then use to justify the radical transformation of our society and the confiscation of legitimately owned property.
www.city-journal.org /html/11_4_urbanities-dangerous.html   (3474 words)

 Left2Right: Egalitarian scholarship
First, egalitarians like Michael Walzer, Iris Marion Young, and Elizabeth Anderson seem to be regrouping under the banner of an egalitarianism that has roots in a 19th century rebellion against oppression, when egalitarianism was a genuinely liberal movement, allied with 19th century utilitarianism in opposing authoritarian aristocracy.
What I have in mind is that egalitarians like Richard Arneson are reformulating egalitarianism in such a way that it has a point that can be appreciated even by those who do not already subscribe to a radically egalitarian ideology.
Egalitarianism cannot survive inspection as a proposal for forcibly maintaining a static pattern, but that is not what liberal egalitarianism was.
left2right.typepad.com /main/2004/12/egalitarian_sch.html   (1733 words)

 :: View topic - Egalitarianism, the anti-advancement society (by me)
There are many perceptions of egalitarianism and it can be defined as "conformity", "fairness" or even "enslavement" depending on who you are talking to.
It is ironic, in a sense, that many who lightly claim egalitarianism to be an ideal future to look forward to are workers, property owners and achievers of sorts.
Because the so-called "standard" sought by egalitarians is universal and collective, the discoveries or intellectual value of an individual can never make a great impact even if it is for "the greater good".
www.phpbbforfree.com /forums/hmp22-about231.html   (566 words)

 Australian Egalitarianism Overview
Egalitarianism is a ‘slippery notion because it exists at a number of levels’ (Thompson 1994: viii).
While Marxists would strive for a society in which all are equal in their income and condition, Egalitarianism is examined on two main points: a fair distribution of income and power, and the ability of an individual to transcend his initial social class (Ibid).
Egalitarianism is directly affected by the amount of representation the working class has in government institutions.
www.drorism.com /australian-egalitarianism.php   (2774 words)

 Equality: The Unknown Ideal - Mises Institute
The case against socioeconomically egalitarian legislation is, as I said, an egalitarian one; for such legislation invariably involves the coercive subordination or subjection of dissenting individuals to the taxes and regulations imposed by government decision makers, and thus presupposes an inequality in authority between the former and the latter.
Most socioeconomic egalitarians of my acquaintance would certainly be more outraged at being robbed or assaulted by a colleague than at learning that the colleague was receiving a higher salary.
A cynic might respond that socioeconomic egalitarians are not confused at all; their supposed devotion to equality is simply a disguise for powerlust, and they exempt the state from their criticisms because they plan to wield its reins, or at least to get in good with those who do.
www.mises.org /story/804   (3844 words)

 Machan's Musings - Impossible Egalitarianism
Egalitarianism is undesirable, which is often left unmentioned when the idea is discussed.
All the affirmative action measures, for instance, contribute to this sad situation-instead of upgrading the system of meritocracy, whereby those who are best qualified gain entrance to jobs or schools, there is all this official focus on trying to be fair to all, never mind how qualified they are.
Egalitarianism is a kind of perfection fanaticized by all too many visionaries among us.
rebirthofreason.com /Articles/Machan/Machans_Musings_-_Impossible_Egalitarianism.shtml   (723 words)

The battle for egalitarianism, a term which encompasses both 'human rights' and 'equal rights', has been a continuing struggle for thousands of years.
egalitarianism is in a war often facing dozens of enemies which might be any level or branch of government, political ideologies, corporate interests, big money interests and an array of other special-interest groups running counter which include anti-abortionists, environmentalists and anti-gun lobbyists...
There are many groups involved in egalitarianism and for their efforts, it can probably be said that progress, or lack of, along these lines is largely dependent on which country these groups are involved with.
www.matrixbookstore.biz /battle_stations.htm   (3809 words)

 egalitarianism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
The majestic egalitarianism of the law, which forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Egalitarianism in Islam is more pronounced than in any other religion in the world.
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 Impossible Egalitarianism
In short, these egalitarians are very selective indeed about whom they will grant some time from their busy schedule.
What egalitarians seem to neglect is that the distribution of all sought after resources occurs best if they are in line with the choices of those who own those resources.
So like it or not, egalitarianism is not about equal distribution but about who is to do the highly selective distribution that goes on all the time.
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 Radical Egalitarianism and Musical Heirarchies
The Bay Area's radical egalitarianism began as a Leftist ideal in the mid 1960s during a period of strong social change.
With this logic, the ethos of egalitarianism is being subtly shifted to a social Dawinist stance that anything goes out there in the global world of unregulated, white male, corporate power.
In radical egalitarianism there is no "professionalism" and no formalized compositions, but there are also no artist-prophets pontificating from the stage and no public "honoring" them.
www.osborne-conant.org /egalitarianism.htm   (669 words)

 Search Results for "Egalitarianism"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
...A 19th-century outgrowth of Shiism that sought to reform Islam by advocating egalitarianism and by forbidding polygamy and trading in slaves.
...mixed aristocracy with meritocracy; the great families retained their prestige, but rising egalitarianism was creating more access to government for others.
Although the French Revolution ended without satisfying radical demands for economic egalitarianism, the voice of Francois Babeuf was strongly raised against...
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 C&C 10(3) Romano   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
All three are claims for egalitarianism: 1) that computer-based exchanges may encourage egalitarian patterns of involvement; 2) that computer-based conferences may support alternate power structures by erasing socioeconomic cues; and 3) that the anonymity provided by pseudonymous written exchanges further encourages egalitarian discourse patterns.
Claims for egalitarianism that are grounded in student narratives and responses to questionnaires subscribe in part to the second definition: egalitarianism as a fraternal relationship, or, more palatably perhaps, as the communal experiences of members of a functional family.
Egalitarianism so defined in networked classrooms relies upon students' reports of their comfort and sense of empowerment, and this methodology is attractive because it allows students themselves to create and/or affirm the egalitarianism narrative.
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