Monthly Archives: June 2010

Freedom != Equality

 Robert Ringer wrote an excellent reflection on freedom, which, in part, says:

Also, throughout recorded history, utopian thinkers have confused freedom with equality. But nothing could be more incorrect. No matter what one’s moral desires, nature has made freedom and equality totally incompatible. “Freedom and equality,” wrote Will and Ariel Durant, “are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.’’

As the government steps up its efforts to defy nature and bring about equality on a global scale, it will find it increasingly necessary to employ force. And when force enters the picture, some people are going to come under the control of others — which is tyranny, not freedom.

 Kurt Vonnegut wrote a great story about equality taken too far.  Much too far.  And yet, these days, it doesn’t seem as far-fetched as I would like.