The Demagoguery of Equality

“…the political equality of men in a society has an indisputably positive effect on the condition of human life, the flip side of what the ancients understood as “the rule of the poor” can produce corrosive effects on the culture and psychology of a people. As Aristotle postulated: “Democracy arose from men’s thinking that if they are equal in any respect, they are equal in all things.” If this is so, the more a society retreats from its aristocratic founding, the less tolerable it is of any de facto distinctions or privileges due to merit, nature, or inheritance.

Having been imbued with such a psychology, it is a small step for a demagogue to…”

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