Liberty is the freedom from restraints on thought or on action. The ability to be free from slavery and captivity, it is the maximum of individual
responsibility, dignity, and development. You are free to become a millionaire or live in poverty. That is your right so long as you do not infringe
upon another person’s right to do the same. You are free to attend college for five PhD’s if you so choose but it also the freedom to never have
attended school so long as it was your choice.
Equality is the belief that everyone should be equal. The right to live the same standard of living as everyone else, responsibility is deprived and
human innovation is stifled. You are not allowed to be a millionaire because there are limits to your wealth. You are required to have that standard
of living just the same as everyone else. You are free to attain however high or low the educational attainment you choose because those who have a
higher education are required to be equal to those with lower education.
Liberty when the term is correctly understood means everyone is free to fail or succeed. Success is not guaranteed to you but rather you are free to
be as successful as humanly possible. You do not have the right to infringe on anyone else’s freedoms either to help yourself or put/keep them down.
You will not receive special privileges that others do not. Whatever you do in private that does not harm anyone else or infringe on another
person’s liberty should be free without infringement from any governing authority.
Equality does not offer you what liberty does. Under equality you live in the same status as your neighbors with no hope of ever achieving anything
higher than that. It requires that those who are more successful have their earned income taken away and given to those who have not rightfully earned
that income. Under any other circumstances such things as that would be considered theft.
The Liberty/Equality debate goes beyond simply income though it extends to even social issues. On the issue of homosexual marriage there is a big
difference between their interpretations of why it should be legal. The Liberty side argues it is not the decision of anyone else on who someone
should be allowed to marry while the Equality side argues that marriage should be legal for everyone. While most would say “aren’t those basically
the same?” the answer is no. One requires permission and the other says you are free to do that.
On the issue of civil rights those who espouse equality say that this should be enforced even in private areas such as restaurants, stores, buses,
etc… While those who espouse liberty say that everyone is free to make these decisions whether we agree with those decisions or not, if a racist
decides to bar African Americans from entering his establishment then they should not be allowed and if people do not like this establishment’s
policies they are free to not go there or protest it.
The state however should not make any discrepancies between any people regardless of race, sex, class, education, or any other form of grouping people
together. No person or group of persons is above the law.
A major part of having an economy based upon the principles of Liberty and Liassez-faire is to never have any favorability of anyone or anything. This
means regardless of how large a business is they are no more economically important than the smallest business in the country. The whole ‘too big to
fail’ debacle would be non-existent in that economic system. Free Trade policies would operate as they should with no international body or
corporation having the ability to make any decisions regarding our trade policies.
Many people hold the belief that in order for a civilized society to function there should be policies in place to equal out the inequalities that are
caused by liberty. The problem with this belief however is that it requires redistributions and the removal of freedom. Under a strict interpretation
and enforcement of equality certain members of society would be punished and others subsidized by the law enforcing body.
I am sure many people may disagree with me on this issue and argue that it is necessary to enact laws to counter the huge inequalities in society but
I do philosophically disagree with this belief. We are all free to ‘sink or swim’, we can either make it or we do not make it. That however is
left solely up to ourselves, the individual.
So long as the system is free without any restraints on anyone from doing whatever they so choose, subsidizing particular groups of individuals or
businesses, or having the well-to-do rigging the system against those who are working their way up, as long as those things do not occur society will
benefit and we will reach the very maximum of civilized society.
edit on 12/2/2010 by Misoir because: (no reason given)