Against Equality

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Larry Alexander

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: 2016


In this short essay, I argue that the pursuit of equality beyond equality before the law and a generous safety net is to be resisted. That pursuit tends to produce impoverishment and repression. And it is at odds with the pursuit of excellence, beauty, individuality, and achievement. A state of true equality is a dystopian spectre.

Keywords: Equality, Wealth, Safety Net, Equality before the Law, Repression, Non-Material Inequalities

JEL Classification: A00, A10, K10

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Lawrence, Against Equality (2016). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-255, Available at SSRN: or

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