Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Equality

Christopher Boehm, in Hierarchy in the Forest, has a cautionary message on egalitarianism, perhaps even a manifesto:

If tendencies to hierarchy are to remain decisively reversed, both hunter-gatherers and people living in modern democracies must consciously create, and carefully enforce, egalitarian plans or blueprints. We so-called moderns may formulate these blueprints via constitutions or bills of rights, while hunter-gatherers or tribesmen may operate more informally, but in either case my theory is that egalitarianism cannot last long without insightful guidance and manipulation.