By Sepp Mannsberger
From The Purity Spiral
As I read through Jean Jacques Rousseau’s On The Origin of Inequality, I came to realize just how much of the fundamental tenets of modern “equality” derive from this small booklet written by the French philosopher in 1754. It is with this in mind that I find it of pressing importance to address specific claims made by Rousseau and frequently repeated in modern society.
Rousseau attempts an explanation of man in his natural state , a state that is devoid of all government and all civility, stripped of all signs of modernity: a cave man, in other words. It is the contention of Rousseau that institutions are the primary cause of inequality since they require mankind to adapt in a way that is not natural.  This perspective on man and the origin of inequality remains to this day a popular one…
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