Bad equality

25 Aug, 2017 at 15:40 | Posted in Politics & Society | 2 Comments

An emancipated society would be no unitary state, but the realization of the generality in the reconciliation of differences. A politics which took this seriously should therefore not propagate even the idea of the abstract equality of human beings .adornoThey should rather point to the bad equality of today, the identity of film interests with weapons interests, and think of the better condition as the one in which one could be different without fear. If one attested to blacks, that they are exactly like whites, while they are nevertheless not so, then one would secretly wrong them all over again. This humiliates them in a benevolent manner by a standard which, under the pressure of the system, they cannot attain, and moreover whose attainment would be a dubious achievement. The spokespersons of unitary tolerance are always prepared to turn intolerantly against any group which does not fit in: the obstinate enthusiasm for blacks meshes seamlessly with the outrage over obnoxious Jews. The “melting pot” was an institution of free-wheeling industrial capitalism. The thought of landing in it conjures up martyrdom, not democracy.

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  1. “A politics which took this seriously should therefore not propagate even the idea of the abstract equality of human beings .”

    Seriously? Is he saying throw away ideas like all human beings should have equal human rights? Equality under the Law? Since you quoted this guy, I read a bit about him and while I doubt the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville would have welcomed him, the counter protesters would not have either. This egghead would have managed to get maced by both sides in that one. Is this some kind of philosophical centrism?

    • I doubt he is saying that. I think what he is saying is that globalisation/international capitalism (of which its development was strongly linked to Western imperialism) has imposed dubious notions of standards, morality and achievement on other societies.


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