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  • Instead of putting out "All people are of equal worth regardless of merit" as some kind of mysterious truth-claim which appears in fact to be at best groundless and at worst false, would it not have been clearer and less evasive for the human-rights advocate simply to remark that he starts with a commitment on which he will not bend, namely a commitment to the treatment of all people as beings who are to have quite unforfeitably an equality of concern and respect?

    --Kai Nielsen, 1984, Equality and Liberty: A Defense of Radical Egalitarianism, p. 23

    February 10, 2010