Most People Are Egalitarians

by John Spritzler

June 30, 2019

Most people are egalitarians, and presently they virtually all are, unfortunately, silent and invisible as far as any explicit expression of their egalitarian values and aspirations.

If you ask random people on the street and in public places such as the entrance to a grocery store or drug store (as I have, and as you can read about [1] and watch a video of me doing it [2]), 90% say they think removing the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor (a.k.a. egalitarian revolution) is a good (or great!) idea. This is true even if one asks the question (as I did) at a pro-Trump rally (86% of 50 random people there said it was a good or great idea.)

But when I advocate egalitarian revolution on the email group for people in my neighborhood of Allston-Brighton (inside Boston), the handful of people who do respond disagree with egalitarianism and give all sorts of excuses for why.

So, what is going on?

There is a big difference between the kind of people who join and then post on my neighborhood email group (a very small minority of the people in my neighborhood), versus the random people (who are representative of the great majority) one meets when standing in public places (such as the entrance to a grocery store or a CVS drug store). Most of the people one meets in public places don't even subscribe to the neighborhood email group, never mind post to it.

The kind of people who do subscribe and post to the neighborhood email group are the kind of people, apparently, who--unlike most people--do not want an egalitarian revolution. They're the kind of people who feel pretty comfortable and want to keep the status quo (or perhaps reform it a bit, but still keep the class inequality, with some rich and some poor, in place) and who fear what might happen if ordinary people (the riff raff), who want real, not fake, democracy and no rich and no poor, took over and removed the rich from power.

The kind of people who subscribe to and post to community email groups are also the kind who create and lead community organizations (like the BACC in my neighborhood that I talk about [1]). They're the kind of people, in other words, whose views are very visible. In contrast, the egalitarian views of the great majority are virtually never expressed explicitly in email groups or as the statements of formal organizations.

But the egalitarian values of the vast majority ARE expressed *implicitly* by how they live their lives everyday. Most people, in the small corner of the world over which they have any real control (the very personal sphere) express--by their actions that they don't think of as political at all, but just natural--concern for other people and the idea that they should be treated with dignity befitting an equal; they do not try to dominate and exploit other people and treat them like dirt, the way the upper class treats ordinary people. The few assholes amongst us who do try to dominate others and treat them like dirt are always roundly detested by most ordinary people.

Most people try to shape their little corner of the world with the egalitarian values of mutual aid and equality, and egalitarian revolution is simply shaping ALL of society by these widely shared values.

The task of revolutionaries is to help the vast majority of people who, today, are silent and invisible, to become confident enough--in the superiority of their values and the superiority of their numbers in the population--to shape ALL of society by their values, and to create the organizations it takes to do this.

It's much more daunting to explicitly challenge the rich and powerful and call for removing them from power, than it is to avoid challenging the legitimacy of the rich and powerful. This is a major reason why the people who do not advocate egalitarian revolution are so much more active in expressing themselves on email groups and in organizations than the people who do want an egalitarian revolution. We must not be fooled by the greater visibility of the anti-egalitarians than the egalitarians into thinking that we--the egalitarians--are the small minority. No, we are the vast majority. Go ask random people in public places what they think about the idea of removing the rich from power to have real, not fake, democracy with no rich and no poor, and you'll find out for yourself that we are the vast majority. You don't have to take my word for it.

1. https://www.pdrboston.org/dear-bacc-founders-steering-c-mem…
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95b3SmBYwfU




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