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Fierce egalitarianism

A clear definition for  “fierce egalitarianism”  apparently does not exist in any conventional reference material.

Perhaps it has not made it to the lexeme category yet, and remains a collocation?

Below are some links to excerpts where the the collocation, “fierce egalitarianism,” is used:

"Anthropologists agree that pre-agricultural societies almost universally share a passionate commitment to so-called “fierce egalitarianism.”  Because they are nomadic, such people accumulate as little personal property as possible, thus resulting in cultures organized around sharing.  Food, shelter, child-care, protection from predators . . . all are scrupulously shared.  Sharing is not just encouraged, it’s mandatory. Hoarding or hiding food, for example, is considered deeply shameful, almost unforgivable  behavior in these societies."  (LINK)

 

Excerpts, continued

" . . . most known hunter-gatherer societies are egalitarian. Their weak leaders merely assist a consensus-seeking process when the group needs to make decisions, but otherwise all main political actors behave as equal. Some anthropologists argue that in egalitarian societies the pyramid of power is turned upside down with potential subordinates being able to express dominance over potential alpha-individuals by creating large, group-wide political alliance."  (LINK)

"But this fierce egalitarianism has a shadow, and that’s that it is highly sensitive – perhaps more than any other stage – to any social structures that seem to make one person superior to another.  This is the primary criticism of the wearing of burqas, as well as headscarves, in France – that they disempower women.  The “naive” stage of cultural evolution, and in particular the “egocentric” stage, have slipped into the unconscious, and thus the “affiliative” person can no longer relate to them.  Thus, “affiliative” projects itself on to others, and may even blame the women wearing the burqas for being complicit in their own oppression."  (LINK)

"Cultural anthropologists have long noted a striking pattern of fierce egalitarianism across nomadic cultures — wherein hording and sloth are severely sanctioned. Neurologists have illuminated how reward centers in the brain are activated when people cooperate and share with each other, even with strangers. Contemporary evolutionists like David Sloan Wilson have struck blows against the dog-eat-dog individualistic dominant evolutionary paradigm, advancing in its place new theories (e.g. multilevel selection theory) that explain how highly cooperative groups would have gained an evolutionary edge over groups populated with selfish individuals."  (LINK)

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The Fierce Egalitarian

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Egalitarianism

Egalitarianism (from Frenchégal, meaning "equal") is a trend of thought that favors equality among living entities. Egalitarian doctrines maintain that all humans are equal in fundamental worth or social status, according to The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.[1] The Cultural theory of risk holds egalitarianism as defined by (1) a negative attitude towards rules and principles, and (2) a positive attitude towards group decision-making, with fatalism termed as its opposite.[2] According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term has two distinct definitions in modern English.[3] It is defined either as a political doctrine that all people should be treated as equals and have the same political, economic, social, and civil rights[4] or as a social philosophy advocating the removal of economic inequalities among people or the decentralization of power. Some sources define egalitarianism as the point of view that equality reflects the natural state of humanity.[5][6][7]

Forms

Some specifically focused egalitarian concerns include economic egalitarianism, legal egalitarianism, luck egalitarianism, political egalitarianism, gender egalitarianism, racial equality, asset-based egalitarianism, and Christian egalitarianism. Common forms of egalitarianism include political and philosophical.

Military

Military egalitarianism has been noted since ancient times, such as with Shakespeare's St. Crispin's Day Speech. This occurs in spite of the distinctions military forces attempt to make between officers and enlisted men. For example Major General Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. says that United States Air Force culture includes an egalitarianism bred from officers as warriors who work with small groups of enlisted airmen either as the service crew or onboard crew of their aircraft.[14]

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