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Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era

Jon Elster

in The Egalitarian Conscience

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199281688
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199281688.003.0003
Throwing a Veil Over Equality: Equality and Hypocrisy in the Revolutionary Era

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This essay considers how the American and French revolutionaries, famous defenders of the ideal of equality, contrived to evade the implications of that ideal when it came to slaves or workers. It contends that the hypocrisy of the revolutionaries is particularly egregious given that they stood to profit personally from the reduced scope of their egalitarianism.

Keywords: revolution; rights; equality; hypocrisy; constitutionalism; American revolution; French revolution; slavery; citizenship; suffrage

Chapter.  9302 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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