Shows the important role played by envy in various fields and in all
cultures. He argues that the 20th century has been ruled by envy, but nobody
recognizes it for what it is. Socialism has raised envy to a moral and political
philosophy. One point that he repeats many times, but never satisfactorily
establishes, is that envy is necessary for any kind of social life. He also
repeatedly shows the futility of the socialist dream of ridding the world of
envy by redistributing material goods. He even suggests that if people were
materially equal there would be more direct crimes against people's bodies.
Socialism cannot go far enough. Even if there were "facial justice" people would
still envy each other's private thoughts, abilities, intelligence, health, sex
life, and a million other things.
Year Read: 1976
Libertarian Essays by Roy Halliday
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