Egalitarian – asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, esp. in political, economic, or social life.

Misanthropy – hatred, dislike, or distrust of humankind.

Well why not? If a devout Greek Orthodox with one of the pillars of his worldview resting on the concept of community in the mystical union of the church through the Eucharist could name his blog “The Ochlophobist” (which mean “one who has an aversion to a crowd”), why can’t I use the name “Egalitarian Misanthropy?”

This phrase struck me like a joke whose punch line takes a moment of reflection. But as much as I’ve been captivated by it in the way that it seems to so efficiently capture a cleanly delineated concept, and in the way that it seems to apply to my view of the contemporary political scene – at least I’m “egalitarian” in my criticism – I don’t think that I can leave it as the title of this blog.

One of Dostoevsky’s themes that’s stuck with me was the portrayal of the “caring” leftist who’s compassion extends to humanity in the abstract while it falls far short when considering particular individuals. In a sense then, I guess I am “misanthropic” in that I have a revulsion to the reification (see also, the fallacy of reification) of “mankind” as an abstract entity. Real individual people are much harder to have real compassion for, but that’s what really matters.

Of course, another friend recommended the name “a bunch of crap” which is probably more accurate. :-)

In the meantime I’ll leave the title for a short while.