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Egalitarian politics is based on the affirmation of the equality of all people. Unfortunately, the precise meanings of this “equality” and this “all” often go unexplained. What exactly is meant when all people are proclaimed as equals, not just linguistically, but in action and organization? One obvious way to interpret the egalitarian statement is through the universal. The two terms “all” and “equal” seem to straightforwardly imply the necessity of the universal. While there may be some forms of left-wing politics that are not predicated on universality, those forms cannot be egalitarian in the usual sense of the word.1 However, instead of arguing explicitly against the opposing viewpoint, this paper will work by presenting a universalist understanding of egalitarian politics, namely that of Alain Badiou.