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Equality

Liberal democracy replaces the irrational desire to be recognised as greater than others with a rational desire to be recognised as equal
"The end of history and the last man" Francis Fukuyama, 1993
In what are we equal? We don't have the same aptitudes or talents. We look different and behave differently. Materially speaking we don't have the same possessions or assets. So what could be meant by insisting on equality? Part of the answer lies in the question of rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are "equal in dignity and in rights". But having the minimum human rights in no way guarantees equal opportunities or equal social status...

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