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Lecture 22 - Human Rights

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Political Science
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POLS 1000
Martin Breaugh

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March 21 2011 Unifying factor of contemporary society is equalityRight to own property quickly distinguish people from those who have and those who do not have therefore its divisive creates a division or gap This is very strange Economic liberties are actually divisiveGrowth of economic inequalities quantitative at the same time you can see the growth of social equalityThe gap between the ultra rich is huge despite the existence of an inclusive middle class Explosion of differences between the rich and the over class Social equality has to do with the symbolic relationship that exist in societyExisting ranks in society that no everybody is necessarily equal Historically women is known for being inferior to men Symbolic relationships of women are subordinate to men is characterizedContradiction between increasing economic inequality and social equality can only be explained by looking at the nature of equality in contemporary society What kind of substance of equality exist in our society Pierre Manents reading of de Tocqueville will understand what kind of equality comes to be in modern US society Equality of conditions is the substance of democratic equalityEquality of conditions is tied in to sentiment of human likeness Sentiment of human likeness means we feel more and more like each other our institutions consequently becomes more compassionate we are able to relate to the plight of others Because we imagine ourselves in their place We could grow up in poor household we want our society to treat others equality in social and political institutions
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