Equality isn’t some fabulous luxury we can gift ourselves when we’re feeling morally flush. Equality is not…humanity’s cashmere bed socks. It’s not a present, like champagne. It’s a necessity, like water. For if we look at a map of the world—where every nation struggling with poverty, child mortality and political instability is marked in red—it’s notable its bright, red, shaming rash coincides almost identically with the most unequal countries in the world. Deny your women education? Imprison your gays, lesbians and transsexuals? Treat your working classes like expendable factory parts? Chances are, your country is in trouble.