It’s there, right at the top. Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘All humans are born free and equal in dignity and human rights.’ Why, then, do some leading thinkers warn that equality is ‘the endangered species of politcal ideals’? And the views of others that there’s nothing wrong with inequality - while equality is doomed and damaging - gain ground?
We chart equality’s progress over the past couple of decades. Is the language of equality less fashionable today because so much has been achieved - or so little?
February 2004, Issue 364