We will of course never all be equally free and autonomous, but we can certainly be more equal and more autonomous, and this results in freedom. Freedom as an end in itself, pursued, for example, by giving everyone more choice results in widening inequalities, as those already with the greatest freedoms become more free.
“I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free, ‘only in society and by the strictest equality'” Michael Bakunin.
See also: ‘What Matters. Walter Benn Michaels review of
- Who Cares about the White Working Class? edited by Kjartan Páll Sveinsson in the London Review of Books