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Unformatted text preview: iety the liberties of equal citizenship are taken as settled; the rights secured by justice are not subject to political bargaining or the calculus of social interests. INEQUALITY PRODUCES POLITICAL INSTABILITY Bryan Turner, Flinders University of South Australia Professor of Sociology, EQUALITY, 1986, p. 17. Following Machiavelli, we can suggest that governments should either embrace opposition (by promoting more equality) or crush it (by despotic violence); that is, `A high level of inequality and a regime structure that is neither democratic nor totalitarian appear to be two potent ingredients of a recipe for political instability.' In societies where parliamentary democracy has nurtured expectations that no citizen should be without some basic claim on social resources, the problem of equality becomes closely bound up with the issue of distributive justice. 3. EQUALITY IS THE ONLY WAY TO PROTECT THE VALUE OF FREEDOM Noam Chomsky, Professor of Linguistics at MIT, POWERS AND PROSPECTS, 1996, p. 131. It's easy to see why the masters see a real hope of rolling back the hated welfare state, driving the great beast to its lair, and at last achieving the 'daring depravity of the times' which so shocked Madison in its very early stages, with private tyrannies, now released from even limited public accountability, assuming their proper role as 'the pretorian [sic] band of the Government, at once its tool and its tyrant; bribed by its largesses and overawing it by its clamors and combinations.' It is also easy to understand the mood of desperation, anxiety, hopelessness and fear that is so prevalent in the world, outside of wealthy and privileged sectors and those who sing their praises. To stem and reverse this course and restore a modicum of respect for the values of the Enlightenment, for freedom and human rights, will be no simple matter. The first step is to penetrate the clouds of deceit and distortion and learn the truth about the world, then to organize and act to change it. That's never been impossib...
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