One true principal of government goes as follows: You can have some freedom and some equality. You can have maximum freedom and some equality. You can maximum equality and some freedom. But you can’t have maximum freedom and maximum equality. Those ideals are mutually exclusive. Liberals and progressives seem to not understand that concept. As a society, we need to choose which is more important to us, freedom or equality? Over the past 50 years, we have been going down the path of trading freedom for equality. That’s truly a sad commentary on us all. Freedom is our most precious asset. We should never be willing to trade it for anything – equality, fairness, safety, affluence, comfort, peace, or what have you.
How have we traded freedom for equality? There are several ways in which we have done this. We did it when we decided that accessibility to all is more important that private property/business rights. Instead of allowing people to do as they wish with their own property and businesses, we now dictate to them whom they must serve, sell to, and make their property available to. We did it when we started using our tax system to redistribute wealth. The federal government and many states now confiscate the assets of some individuals and give them to others to make things more ‘equal.’ That infringes on the freedom of the rightful owners to enjoy what they have earned.
We did it when we dumbed down our educational standards to make it easier for less intelligent people to graduate from high school and attend college. This imposed on the freedom of our brightest and best to get the quality of education they deserve. We did it when the government decided to manipulate the free market system by passing minimal wage laws. This resulted in limiting the freedom of unskilled workers who are willing to work for less but now can’t find a job, as well as those who want to be free to buy goods and services as cheaply as possible. Finally, and most unfortunately, we did it when we decided that, in order to treat all religions the same, we had to limit the free expression of Christians in every public venue. Shame on us for choosing the lesser of two virtues!