What follows is something I feel uncomfortable writing, to some degree uncomfortable even thinking. Growing up on R.H. Tawney’s Equality, I have always believed that some form of egalitarianism-it may be hard to say just what form-is simply definitive of socialism. If socialists aren’t egalitarians, what on earth might they be? Nor are my (perhaps idiosyncratic) doubts about egalitarianism the same as everyone’s doubts about the “new world order.” With the collapse of the Soviet Union, there plainly is a new world order. It is a bit of a letdown-much more unsettled and a lot less predictable than we hoped the post—cold
war world would be—but its existence is hardly in doubt. That’s quite a different context from any doubts about equality.
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