by Hemult Schoeck

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

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