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Alexis de Tocqueville – The equality in democracy and socialism

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Alexis de TocquevilleDemocracy extends the sphere of individual freedom, socialism restricts it. Democracy attaches all possible value to each man; socialism makes each man a mere agent, a mere number. Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

Alexis de Tocqueville   (1805-1859)

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Voltaire Arouet – Equality requires absence of needs

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Voltaire ArouetAll men would then be necessarily equal, if they were without needs. It is the poverty connected with our species which subordinates one man to another. It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.

Voltaire Arouet   (1694-1778)

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Thomas Sowell – Equity of performance

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Thomas SowellIf you cannot achieve equality of performance among people born to the same parents and raised under the same roof, how realistic is it to expect to achieve it across broader and deeper social divisions?

Thomas Sowell   (1930-)

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Milton Friedman – Equality and freedom

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Milton FriedmanA society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcome – ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.

Milton Friedman   (1912-2006)
Free to Choose

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Friedrich Nietzsche – A few hours of mountain climbing

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Friedrich NietzscheA few hours of mountain climbing turn a rascal and a saint into two pretty similar creatures. Fatigue is the shortest way to Equality and Fraternity–and, in the end, Liberty will surrender to Sleep.

Friedrich Nietzsche   (Oct 15, 1844-Aug 25, 1900)

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Henry David Thoreau – If a man does not keep pace

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Henry David ThoreauIf a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau   (1817-1862)

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Horace – Pale death is impartial

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Horace Pale death enters with impartial step the cottages of the poor and the palaces of the rich.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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John Donne – Death makes us all equal

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John DonneDeath comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. The ashes of an Oak in the Chimney, are no epitaph of that Oak, to tell me how high or how large that was; It tells me not what flocks it sheltered while it stood, nor what men It hurt when it fell.

John Donne   (1572-1631)
LXXX Sermons

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Friedrich Hayek – If everyone was truly equal

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Friedrich HayekHere I may perhaps mention that only because men are in fact unequal can we treat them equally. If all men were completely equal in their gifts and inclinations, we should have to treat them differently in order to achieve any sort of social organization. Fortunately, they are not equal; and it is only owing to this that the differentiation of functions need not be determined by the arbitrary decision of some organizing will but that, after creating formal equality of the rules applying in the same manner to all, we can leave each individual to find his own level.

Friedrich Hayek   (1899-1992)
Individualism and Economic Order

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