On equality


By equality, we should understand, not the degrees of power and riches are to be absolutely identical for everybody ; but that power shall never be great enough for violence,  and shall always be exercised by virtue of rank and law; and that in respect of riches, no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself.

JJR in Social contract

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

32 thoughts on “On equality

  1. john zande says:

    no citizen shall ever be wealthy enough to buy another, and none poor enough to be forced to sell himself.

    Mmmm, I think the world has so far missed this part 😦

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  2. Another great saying. So true, and yet, still so unrealized in our world today.

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  3. ladysighs says:

    I like when you post these reminders. πŸ™‚

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  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    So well stated, my Nairobi brother. Now, as to the implementation of same…?

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  5. Sorry again, but when social equality and justice have to be explanatorily”amended”, they will have lost their true meaning, turning into useless slogans good to soothe the underprivileged majority…

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  6. themodernidiot says:

    very nice find. how is there equality with rank?

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    • makagutu says:

      i have no experience of any two people being treated equally and I think rank tilts the scale in favour of the titled one

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      • themodernidiot says:

        thanks Noel. wasn’t sure if I was reading that right. I thought the same thing, but also allowed for not taking an extremely literal approach. I can see different ranks as equals, but at some point rank will create an inequality because of its very nature; however I also agree that all should be safe and happy regardless of position. great quote.

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  7. Tish Farrell says:

    If we concentrated on doing what we could to uphold these objectives, then wouldn’t we all be better off. Not sure Big Corp would ever buy into these notions somehow.

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