Is Society Inherently Unequal? Essay comparing and contrasting views of social structure by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Barbara Ehrenriech, and David Brooks

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Social, economic, and political inequalities or differences all have been a part of society since the development of civilizations. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an unconventional 18th century philiospher and the author of The Discourse on the Origin of Inequaltiy, believed that private property and inequality are directly linked. He believed that inequality formed with the creation of society. Barbara Ehrenreich, the author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, also believes that the societal …

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…can ever exist. People always want more from their lives. People need an incentive to work. Where would this incentive come from if everyone is equal in society. Unfortunatly, this idea of an ideal society whre everyone is equal only exists on paper. People that may be different culturaly, politically, and economically, however, can be part of one society and live together in harmony. David Brooks states this extremely well in "One Nation, Slightly Divisible."