Freedom or Equality

Posted by: Heraclitus

Libertarianism or Egalitarianism. Which is more important. Communism or Anarchism in extremes.

17 Total Votes

Political freedom

Political freedom is a central concept in Western history and political thought and one of the most important features of democratic societies. It has been described as a relationship free of oppression or coercion; the absence of disabling conditio... ns for an individual and the fulfillment of enabling conditions; or the absence of lived conditions of compulsion, e.g. economic compulsion, in a society. Although political freedom is often interpreted negatively as the freedom from unreasonable external constraints on action, it can also refer to the positive exercise of rights, capacities and possibilities for action, and the exercise of social or group rights. The concept can also include freedom from "internal" constraints on political action or speech The concept of political freedom is closely connected with the concepts of civil liberties and human rights, which in democratic societies are usually afforded legal protection from the state   more
15 votes

Social equality

Social equality is a state of affairs in which all people within a specific society or isolated group have the same status in certain respects. At the very least, social equality includes equal rights under the law, such as security, voting rights, ... freedom of speech and assembly, property rights, and equal access to social goods and services. However, it also includes concepts of health equity, economic equality and other social securities. It also includes equal opportunities and obligations, and so involves the whole of society.Social equality requires the absence of legally enforced social class or caste boundaries and the absence of discrimination motivated by an inalienable part of a person's identity. For example, sex, gender, race, age, sexual orientation, origin, caste or class, income or property, language, religion, convictions, opinions, health or disability must not result in unequal treatment under the law and should not reduce opportunities unjustifiably.Social equality refers to social, rather than economic, or income equality. "Equal opportunities" is interpreted as being judged by ability, which is compatible with a free-market economy   more
2 votes
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Lukas8 says2015-02-17T11:00:03.4480728-06:00
Why can't we have both?
Renegader says2015-02-17T12:16:16.6692250-06:00
Id prefer freedom first
Heraclitus says2015-02-17T12:22:28.8357747-06:00
We can have both just which one is more important
Heraclitus says2015-02-17T12:31:48.4418055-06:00
I think Freedom is more important personally because with Freedom comes opportunity and with opportunity you can be anything by working hard.
briantheliberal says2015-02-17T13:59:27.4581352-06:00
Social equality is freedom.
Stefy says2015-02-17T14:49:18.0155936-06:00
I dont think you have to choose. We cant have absolute equality. But it is possible to be free and to not have people on the streets.
Renegader says2015-02-17T16:11:44.5230964-06:00
Social equality is not freedom. You can have very equal societies with no freedom, and you can have very free societies with no equality. I would take the second one first.
debate_power says2015-02-19T15:09:30.0760142-06:00
Communism as a system IMPLIES anarchy.
debate_power says2015-02-19T15:10:20.7126404-06:00
Why is freedom so important? Why wouldn't you care more about end benefits to people more than principles?
Heraclitus says2015-02-20T03:41:59.0703084-06:00
Communism is basically the opposite of Anarchism.

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