The Declaration of Independence holds both values to foundational to the American Republic. A related question, Then, Is which is the higher value, Liberty or equality? If equality is defined as equality of opportunity, Then they can co-exist. And the ability to take advantage of what ever opportunity might come ones way is entirely dependent on the individual liberty envisioned in the Declaration and protected by the Constitution with its Bill of Rights.
On the other side, No, If quality is that of equal outcomes. If one sees equality as that of guaranteed outcomes, I. E. Material benefits such as pay, Jobs, Education, Then government must dictate the terms of that guarantee. That will inevitably deprive individuals of some measure of their liberty as taxes are extracted from individuals to pay for those benefits.
The Declaration of Independence recognizes the existence of "unalienable rights, Among which are life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. " Unalienable means they can not legitimately be denied
by governments. These were written in ascending order. The basic right is that of life. Then the exercise of liberty. These make way for the pursuit of a happy life.
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Of course, liberty and equality can coexist. In most free countries, people share a considerable amount of equality under the law. Although people will never be totally equal, government strive to make people equal in ways that it matters, like opportunities and legal protections. These two ideals are not mutually exclusive.
Starting with EQUALITY: In my opinion we can't have both Liberty and equality because in our society today. Liberty: Let me start with the definition of "Freedom of Nature" the freedom of nature is living with out restraints of any kind. We cannot possibly live in complete freedom. The government defines liberty as "Freedom of people under government is to be under no restraint apart from standing rules to live by that are common to everyone in the society and made by the lawmaking power established in it." "Persons have a right or liberty to follow their own will in all things that the law has not prohibited and not be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, and arbitrary wills of others.” So you decide can we have both liberty and equality?
I don't see what the conflict is, liberty and equality may be totally different things, they're also very similar in the sense that they are both unalienable rights of a human being. It's very indeed possible and realistic to be both free and under no oppression and still have everyone be equals under god.
I truly believe equality and liberty can coexist. Proof off this is seen in what is happening in America and many other countries right now. People are have freedom of choice in the way they go about their lives and steps are made in those societies to make things equal for all people.
Yes, both ideas can coexist. Liberty is freedom from overt oppression by the government or other entities, while equality is the idea that everyone has the same opportunities, regardless of background, sex, race, ideals, etc. Enforcing equality does not mean taking liberties away from everyone. In fact, it ensures liberty for all as opposed to just some.
I think that we can both be free to choose our course in life and also be equal. To me, equality doesn't necessarily mean everyone having the exact same thing, just that everyone has equal opportunity to achieve their goals. I think that liberty is fostered in an environment where there is equality, and without equality we can't be free.
As a matter of fact, liberty cannot truly be present without equality. You cannot be considered free in your society if there is inequality. The only sense that this wouldn't apply is if someone wanted to freely be able to commit murder for example. This would in fact take away from the liberties of others, therefore if it was allowed it would take both liberties and equality away from those who did not want to take a life.
Liberty is often cited as a negative right, the right not to be interfered with. Yet, equality is something that has to be enforced, as not everyone is equal. For example, just by nature some people will have a larger and fancier homes than others. If you wish to make people equal, a step would to cap the size of homes, yet that would infringe upon a person's right to design and purchase their own home. Likewise, by imposing minimum wage, affirmative action and other boundaries, you are restricting the amount of choices an individual can choose, thus restricting his liberty. By attempting to enforce equality when it is not naturally there, you are revoking an individual's right to liberty.
Starting with EQUALITY: In my opinion we can't have both Liberty and equality because in our society today "Not targeting a certain group of people or anything" but what do a lot of people do when we talk about things such as Gay rights? Most people look down on those people as if they shouldn't have the same opportunities as people whom are straight. I'm not saying i'm all for gays because i'm not but I know that i'm also not going to treat you any different from the next person. Liberty: Let me start with the definition of "Freedom of Nature" the freedom of nature is living with out restraints of any kind. We cannot possibly live in complete freedom. The government defines liberty as "Freedom of people under government is to be under no restraint apart from standing rules to live by that are common to everyone in the society and made by the lawmaking power established in it." "Persons have a right or liberty to follow their own will in all things that the law has not prohibited and not be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, and arbitrary wills of others.” So you decide can we have both liberty and equality?
Freedom should come at no cost and no hindrance; equality hinders your freedom to choose. 2 jobs 50 men 1 woman apply and equality says you need 1 woman and man but the woman can't do the job. What do you do? Well you either follow the law!? And have 1 person doing most of the work or hire 2 men and get the job done and maybe get sued for discrimination.
P.S. This wasn't a stab at women it was an example
Individuals are different not equal. We all have wants and needs. Liberty is the freedom to satisfy those wants and needs without external interference such as consideration of others wants and needs. Thus, equality is the external force that limits our ability to pursue our wants and needs. So to say that we can be free and equal is not possible. That is to say that we can do what we want, but at the same time, limit what we can achieve.