Liberty vs. Equality? Easy: LIBERTY!


Bottom Line: To have Equality, you must impose constraints on the people; to have Liberty, you must remove constraints from the people.

The debate is not between Liberty and Equality. The real debate is between Liberty and Tyranny. Those who tout equality must use pretty words like “justice,” and “social justice,” and “fairness,” and “equality,” to deflect from the cold, hard fact that to bring about equality, you must deprive the unequal — those whose efforts have brought them to a superior condition — of what they have accomplished and acquired.


But, but, but, I hear you say. All men are created equal!

Yes. Equal in importance, in intrinsic, infinite value. In the eyes of God. And they should be of equal precious value in the eyes of men.

But they are  not equal in ability. Therefore, by definition, the results, the outcomes, of their efforts will not be equal. Nor should they be.

Imagine two people competing to produce a cure for cancer. Of course you want one to beat the other, and thereby produce a superior product. In the case of two teachers, one is always better than the other. Always. In the case of two firemen, doctors, plumbers, electricians, one is always better than the other. To make them equal is to demand of the superior that he reduce the quality of his work in order to make him “equal” with the lesser person. You can’t force the lesser person to be a greater person. No, to bring about “equality,” you must force the better person to be like the lesser person.

That brings us to the easy, shortcut response to the now growing debate between equality and liberty:

To have equality, you must impose constraints, limits on people; to have liberty, you must remove constraints, limits from people.

Equality is the implacable enemy of liberty, of prosperity, of good health, of strength, vigor, energy.

We’ve had equality. Remember serfdom? Everyone was equal before the lord of the lands. It wasn’t very good.

Remember Socialism? Remember the Soviet Union? Red China? North Korea? Lots and lots and lots and lots of equality. And lots and lots and lots and lots of blood spilled to impose and maintain that equality.

And we’ve had liberty … and inequality. Inequality — economically speaking — is a really good thing. If there’s opportunity, then you can always improve your condition.

If you’re all about equality, then as soon as someone improves his condition, you have inequality, and you must get rid of the improvement to the now unequal person’s condition.

Economic inequality is a really, really good thing. As long as there’s equality of opportunity.

Equality is tyranny. Every time an ideology that’s all about equality has been in effect, there has been horrific tyranny, poverty, degradation, squalor, dislocation, horror and death.

The debate is not between Liberty and Equality. The real debate is between Liberty and Tyranny. Those who tout equality must use pretty words like “justice,” and “social justice,” and “fairness,” and “equality,” to deflect from the cold, hard fact that to bring about equality, you must deprive the unequal — those whose efforts have brought them to a superior condition — of what they have accomplished and acquired.

Want a couple of good allegories to help make this point? Try Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron.” Or, try the story of Procrustes. You can’t have equality without tyranny.

— xPraetorius

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