Neo-Marxists and their liberal partners-in-crime are the very worst for trotting out this phrase, which is quite ironic considering that neither Karl Marx himself nor any of the people around him believed in Equality. Take, for example, the slogan:
The phrase much used by Karl Marx, was coined by the French theoretician, Louis Blanc, in 1839. As is typical of Marxists, the phrase has been co-opted to the point of theft. Louis Blanc coined the phrase to emphasise that in a Socialist society, the selfishness and 'dog eat dog' mentality which is the central motive force of Capitalism, will be replaced by a spirit of hospitality, generosity and cooperation.
The obsession with Equality by liberals and 'Marxists' does not stop at the level of individuals. The belief that there is no such thing as race is a part of this obsession. The modern Marxist-Communitarian-liberal nexus denies that there is any difference between people at any level, thus nations must be abolished. This is NOT Socialist thought.
Those who push the Equality dogma are servants of Capitalism who knowingly or not, are destroying the natural basis of society, in order to usher in a Global authority under which the common people are serfs and the Ruling Class has global power over all of us. This absolute despotism and tyranny may use the words of anti-Capitalism, but it is nothing more than pure Capitalism behind a mask.
The following quotes succinctly deal with the nonsense of the Equality devotees. They are the words of the great ideologists, Mikhail Bakunin and Jack Haldane (and are reproduced here with thanks to Celtiberian of the Socialist Phalanx Forum)
"The dogma of human equality is no part of Communism . . . the formula of Communism: 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs', would be nonsense, if abilities were equal."
—J. B. S. Haldane
"Nationality. . . is a historic, local fact which, like all real and harmless facts, has the right to claim general acceptance. . . Every people, like every person, is involuntarily that which it is and therefore has a right to be itself. . . Nationality is not a principle; it is a legitimate fact, just as individuality is. Every nationality, great or small, has the incontestable right to be itself, to live according to its own nature. This right is simply the corollary of the general principle of freedom."