Posted by Smokey Stover on March 28, 2005
In Reply to: All people are equal but some are more equal than others. posted by Bruce Kahl on March 28, 2005
: : : : what does this idiom mean? "all people are equal but some are more equal than others."
: : : Here's what I think it means: as a society (in the U.S.)we give lip service to the concept that "all people are equal." We are "suppose" to be without a caste system. But only the rich and powerful truly have all the benefits of freedom, pursuit of happiness, etc.
: : Methinks it's from Orwell's 'Animal Farm.'
: Yes, Mr. Orwell indeed.
Obviously "equal" does not admit of comparison; "more equal" is an impossibility. Mr. Orwell is using the phrase as a bit of sardonic humor, that is, sarcastically. SS