A better world is inconceivable if equality is also inconceivable

Yesternight, after chatting —not for delight but forced by the circumstances— with a historian of the state, I understood that the principal reason why it is impossible for many to think in, and act to seek, a better world, is that it seems unacceptable to believe that we all are equal, or that we have the same intellectual potential.

His final argument against my communist-anarchist ideas about a future of humanity without state, was that the state was necessary to organise specifically those members of humanity that, even though they shall live in a world not materially limiting their intellect, will be necessarily lazy, indolent, and will avoid intellectual activities, because not everyone has the potency to develop intellectually with depth.

In other words: for him, and for many others, it is inconceivable to believe that any other person could have achieved what they have achieved, in the adequate circumstances. This makes me think that this rejection to «equalise» oneself is part of the nucleus of all those ideologies that reject that the would can develop without observing the indissoluble differences, such as the Nazism. Göring himself, perhaps the second most powerful man of the Nazi Germany, said that his objective was not to finish with the Jewes, but with the communists, for it was unacceptable for him to concede that the sun of a Russian peasant had the same intellectual potential as him, the son of a German with a history superior to the history of the other one:

«I hate the Communists bitterly because I hate the system. The delusion that all men are equal is ridiculous. I feel that I am superior to most Russians, not only because I am a German but because my cultural and family background are superior. How ironic it is that crude Russian peasants who wear the uniforms of generals now sit in judgment on me. No matter how educated a Russian might be, he is still a barbaric Asiatic. Secondly, the Russian generals and the Russian government planned a war against Germany because we represented a threat to them ideologically. In the German state, I was the chief opponent of Communism. I admit freely and proudly that it was I who created the first concentration camps in order to put Communists in them»

—Hermann Göring, 28 May 1946, in The Nuremberg Interviews, Leon Goldensohn.

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