R. H. Tawney

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Equality: Liberty and Equality

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

“Power over the public is public power,” even when “private persons are permitted to buy and sell, own and bequeath it, as they deem most profitable.”

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Equality: The Meaning of Class

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

“Violent contrasts of wealth and power [are] a mark…of barbarism, like the gold rings in the noses of savage monarchs, or the…chains on their slaves.”

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Equality: The Religion of Inequality

by R. H. Tawney in 1931

Societies “convinced that inequality is an evil need not be alarmed because [it] cannot wholly be subdued…Recognizing the poison[, they have] an antidote.”