'Myers' Politics of Equality is a thoughtful, learned, simply-written attempt to revive a strain of political theory generally considered refuted by events: communism, socialism, social democracy, and related theories of social equality. It is, perhaps, time for such an attempt. No important political theory remains refuted for long - certainly not by events. Myers' contributes to the revival of social-egalitarian theory in three ways: a) by making a strong case for the attractiveness of the ideal (a society of equal freedom); b) by suggesting reasonable means to approach that ideal; and c) perhaps most important, by pointing out how little the events of the last hundred years actually count against either the ideal or the means he suggests. It's a book that should enliven a discussion dead for too long, as good for the classroom as for circulation among thinking classes.'
Michael Davis, Illinois Institute of Technology
'Overuse has made it easy to forget the transformative, everyday makeup of concepts like "freedom" and "justice." But the fabric of modern life (the 8 hour workday; vacations, public schools, sidewalks, safe food and water) is a legislated, created product, no less a result of human design than a building or a city. The Politics of Social Equality offers a readable entry into the history of egalitarian political theories invaluable for students of political science, economics, or anyone interested in how ideas are transformed into politics - and eventually, reality.'
John Bowe, author of Nobodies: Modern Slave Labor in America
'Jason Myers' The Politics of Equality is insightful, historically informed, and ideologically balanced, a commanding discourse on the theory and practice of democracy.'
Michael Parenti, author of Contrary Notions and God and His Demons
'The Politics of Equality is that rarity: it covers what had seemed to be familiar territory in a manner that casts new light on it in a strikingly original way. It takes nothing for granted, and launches a broad-ranging, clear-headed reconsideration that is an original and significant contribution to the literature on equality.'
Paul Thomas, University of California