Curing inequity; a reality or illusion

The push to cure social inequities has been going on for thousands of years. Slavery was practiced on just about every continent including castration as a means to quell any rebellion. Females have always been much easier to enslave as most women are weaker than most men but they have fought back with other weapons such as poisons and seduction.

How and what have we as human beings done to alter this. We have had to hold knives to King’s throats, hang them, overthrow their armies, pirate their ships and face the hangman’s noose, the guillotine, being staked to flames of fire, more recently the firing squad and unimaginable types of torture when they failed. Our founding fathers took great risks to overthrow their governments and the American, French and British revolutions triggered others around the world to revolt against their governments.

Now we are acquiescing our rights for the alleged public good and a couple of centuries of liberty and greater equity are being reversed. Are we still being misled into believing democracy will cure human inequities?

I have not read this book, but it is surely one of great interest.

The Great Leveler;
Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century

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