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Is our society becoming egalitarian? Show more Show less
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Egalitarianism is a school of thought within political philosophy that builds from the concept of social equality, prioritizing it for all people. It is generally the idea that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or moral status. Society is changing... and we ask the question: are we becoming more egalitarian?

No, our society is not becoming egalitarian Show more Show less

Wealth inequity continues to grow, authoritarian rulers enforce social divides, war continues, and poverty abounds. There is progress in many parts of the world, but society is not becoming more egalitarian.
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Prejudice and conflicting political views are causing tension in our society

Political tensions are on the rise, causing society to become more divided than ever. Social inequalities will continue to cause division all around the world. Though many fight for social equality and the hope for an egalitarian society, racism, homophobia, and sexism still remain deeply rooted in society.

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Various populations in our society face prejudices every day when it comes to race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. Violence and discrimination against these social groups are not a thing of the past but are still alive today. When one imagines an egalitarian society, they may picture a society where all citizens are equal and treated fairly, without having to worry about their lives being in danger for merely being who they are. To this day, racism is still deeply rooted in our society, as people of color face many issues and challenges surrounding institutionalized racism. The LGBTQ community faces many challenges as well; experiencing discrimination in health care, housing, and certain career fields. Gender inequalities such as the wage gap are still prevalent today, as well as educational restrictions in various parts of the world.[1] According to a recent Pew Research Center study, they found that among the American population, 53% of adult Americans agree that race relations are getting worse, with 30% saying that they have stayed the same as they were in the past, without much improvement.[2] With a pessimistic viewpoint by a majority of citizens, how can they hope for the possibility of an egalitarian society in years to come?

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More attention has been drawn to the issue of racism in various parts of the world, especially in the United States after the tragic death of George Floyd. The violence and discrimination against the black community of America have been prevalent for decades. As we gain more insight into how deeply rooted racism is in America, we can educate ourselves on ways to bring lasting change. With recent protests surrounding racism, sexism, and homophobia, we are slowly becoming a more egalitarian society. The Black Lives Matter has begun to impact many of the inequalities that people of color face in society and will continue to do so. As the younger generation becomes more educated on these issues, they will continue to repair the inequalities many have faced in the past. An egalitarian society is possible as the younger generations work to bring lasting change for all populations.

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  1. https://www.ap.org/explore/divided-america
  2. https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/04/09/key-findings-on-americans-views-of-race-in-2019/

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