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CDR: Liberty and Equality

As a yardstick for observing reality, equality can be a useful tool for taking measurements to determine quantitative differences between objects. Obviously (to most, okay many, at least some?) $6 does equal $6. Those amounts are the same. If one person has $12 and another has $6, then they do not have equal amounts of money.

It is a pretty simple concept, but so-called “free range” equality in the real world is actually quite a rarity. Only 1,576 people enjoyed the extreme equality of Alcatraz during 29 years of operation as a federal penitentiary, while hundreds of millions endured liberty outside its walls in American society.

As a measurement, equality is objective: things are either equal or they are not. It is a quantitative assessment, not a qualitative – nor a moral or ethical – judgment.

It is when someone, somewhere decides that unequal things occurring in nature should be equal, things get messy, because it usually involves someone taking something away from someone else. Most often that something is liberty and the instrument of taking it away is almost always government. After all, government is an expert in restrictions and regulations.



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