In the end, isn’t this economic system at the very heart of the meaninglessness we often encounter around us, a meaninglessness that is all too often escaped by suicide? We may be more prosperous and “educated”, yet we are more isolated than ever and reduced to a simple labor force as perhaps never before. It is just as true of the bank employee as it is of the CEO. In this way liberal democracies have indeed managed to make all their citizens equal. It is just not an equality in freedom, but an equality in the condition of the ancient slave.