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To build back the left, equality is the first block

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Commentary. Equality does not mean generalized misery, but rather a rich life for all: it is not a flattening of all distinctions, but a reasonable structure for society.

written by Francesco Indovina

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March 22, 2019

If we are to rebuild a leftist perspective, the first building block can be none other than equality—not as a narrow economic concept, but understood as a regenerative storm that would be an upheaval and a revival for the whole of society.

Equality should not be a punishment, or some kind of burden on those who have a lot—such as a wealth tax—in order to give to those who have less. Such redistribution is indeed necessary, but that’s not the core of the issue. If equality doesn’t become a construct pervading society, a dimension that runs through all of its structures, a custom, a way of thinking, a culture in itself, it will produce negative reactions and it will be rejected—not just by those who are worried about their wealth, but also by those who fear they might be affected by it in the future, or those who feel belittled by being told they are merely equal, or those who think that strict meritocracy should........

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