In the late ’50s through early ’70s it was fashionable for the literati to extol the virtues of collective farming and various re-education efforts in Maoist China. Down with the capitalist bourgeoisie, up with the unionized proletariat.
Over the past three decades, with a complete reversal of economic policy, these same pundits now abhor at the “uneven” growth in the Chinese economy. For instance, apparently not everyone in China has the financial ability to own a car or flat screen TV. According to some, this is awful!
The funny thing is (or really sad) is that none of this economic growth could have occurred without the very free-markets they railed against years before. Thus, again, this illustrates the absurdity of egalitarianism: where everyone can and must suffer equally.