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Single Idea 20503

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / B. Equalities / 2. Political equality]

Full Idea

As Marx observed, and as women have learnt to their cost, equal political rights are worth fighting for, but they are of little value if one is still treated unequally in day-to-day life.

Gist of Idea

Political equality is not much use without social equality


Jonathan Wolff (An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev) [2006], 3 'Participatory')

Book Reference

Wolff,Jonathan: 'An Introduction to Political Philosophy (Rev)' [OUP 2006], p.91

A Reaction

In fact social equality comes first, because that will imply political equality and financial justice. I think it is all covered under the virtue of 'respect', which should have pre-eminence in both public and private life.