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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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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)

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

Peter Drucker – Freedom and equality through Marxism

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Peter DruckerThe complete collapse of the belief in the attainability of freedom and equality through Marxism has forced Russia to travel the same road towards a totalitarian, purely negative, non-economic society of unfreedom and inequality which Germany has been following. Not that communism and fascism are essentially the same. Fascism is the stage reached after communism has proved an illusion, and it has proved as much an illusion in Stalinist
Russia as in pre-Hitler Germany.

Peter Drucker   (1909-2005)
The End of Economic Man

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