Are Democracy and economic equality fundamentally incompatible?
I think they are incompatible. Democracy will generally lead to economic inequality. Unless society as a whole agrees to trade individual freedoms and economic benefits for equality. It may be my US background but I find it hard to believe society will ever move to a stance of equality over individual freedom. I also think people don't want to live in a world of economic equality. If everyone is rich then no one is really rich. Democracy will generally create economic inequality.
Edit: This is not meant to be a question of Capitalism compatibility with economic equality. It is meant to be a question of democracy effect. It was proposed by my Professor. It would be fair to say that democratic government would most likely lead to capitalism. Which in turn would lead to economic inequality.
This is much more about a quesiton of the electorate and whether they would push for economic equality as a tenate of democracy. Democracy, along with universal suffrage was designed to give people equality under the law. Is it concievable that people would push for further equality? As economic inequality grows and more of the electorate could fall into lower class. Is it possible they could elect politicians with the goal of leveling the playing field?
2nd Edit: The question proposed is not assuming complete economic equality is or is not possible. It's about if democracy is incompatible with economic equality. Meaning democracy will lead to more economic inequality, or if democracy is compatible with economic equality meaning democracy could lead to more economic equality. Not complete economic equality. If your reading the question as can democracy create complete economic equality you are reading the question wrong.
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