— Jacques Maritain French philosopher 1882 - 1973
Man and the State (1951), p. 179.
„A free society is a society in which all traditions have equal rights and equal access to the centers of power.“
— Jacques Maritain French philosopher 1882 - 1973
— Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1954
Q&A session at quarterly meeting of the Philadelphia Bar Association (11 March 2011), as reported in "Sotomayor receives Philadelphia Bar's Diversity Award" by Jeff Blumenthal http://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/blog/jeff-blumenthal/2011/03/sotomayor-receives-philadelphia-bars.html?ed=2011-03-11&s=article_du&ana=e_du_pub, in Philadelphia Business Journal (11 March 2011).
„Where equality is enthroned, freedom is extinguished. The rise of the egalitarian society means the death of the free society.“
— Patrick Buchanan American politician and commentator 1938
„Capitalism as a social order and as a creed is the expression of the belief in economic progress as leading toward the freedom and equality of the individual in a free and open society. Marxism expects this society to result from the abolition of private profit. Capitalism expects the free and equal society to result from the enthronement of private profit as supreme ruler of social behavior...“
— Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005
„We must stop constantly fighting for human rights and equal justice in an unjust system, and start building a society where equal rights are an integral part of the design.“
— Jacque Fresco American futurist and self-described social engineer 1916 - 2017
„Ressentiment must therefore be strongest in a society like ours, where approximately equal rights (political and otherwise) or formal social equality, publicly recognized, go hand in hand with wide factual differences in power, property, and education.“
— Max Scheler German philosopher 1874 - 1928
L. Coser, trans. (1973), p. 50
„A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.“
— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
From Created Equal, an episode of the PBS Free to Choose television series (1980, vol. 5 transcript) http://www.freetochoosemedia.org/broadcasts/freetochoose/detail_ftc1980_transcript.php?page=5.
„Our vulnerability [ to ressentiment], is unavoidable (and probably incurable) in a kind of society in which relative equality of political and other rights and formally acknowledged social equality go hand in hand with enormous differences in genuine power, possessions and education; a society in which everyone “has the right” to consider himself equal to everybody else, while in fact being unequal to them.“
— Zygmunt Bauman Polish philosopher and sociologist 1925 - 2017
[paraphrasing the view of Max Scheler], p. 25.
„The whole of society will have become a single office and a single factory with equality of work an equality of pay.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
5.4, Essential Works of Lenin (1966)
„Society should treat all equally well who have deserved equally well of it, that is, who have deserved equally well absolutely. This is the highest abstract standard of social and distributive justice; towards which all institutions, and the efforts of all virtuous citizens, should be made in the utmost degree to converge.“
— John Stuart Mill British philosopher and political economist 1806 - 1873
„Men must have rights before they can have equal rights. Each man has a right to use the world because he is here and wants to use the world. The equality of this right is merely a limitation arising from the presence of others with like rights. Society, in other words, does not grant, and cannot equitably withhold from any individual, the right to the use of land. That right exists before society and independently of society, belonging at birth to each individual, and ceasing only with his death.“
— Henry George American economist 1839 - 1897
Context: Men must have rights before they can have equal rights. Each man has a right to use the world because he is here and wants to use the world. The equality of this right is merely a limitation arising from the presence of others with like rights. Society, in other words, does not grant, and cannot equitably withhold from any individual, the right to the use of land. That right exists before society and independently of society, belonging at birth to each individual, and ceasing only with his death. Society itself has no original right to the use of land. What right it has with regard to the use of land is simply that which is derived from and is necessary to the determination of the rights of the individuals who compose it. That is to say, the function of society with regard to the use of land only begins where individual rights clash, and is to secure equality between these clashing rights of individuals. Part I : Declaration, Ch. IV : Mr. Spencer's Confusion as to Rights
— George Fitzhugh American activist 1806 - 1881
„It is, civilly, all aptitudes having equal opportunity; politically, all votes having equal weight; religiously, all consciences having equal rights.“
— Albert Pike Confederate States Army general and Freemason 1809 - 1891
Context: From the political point of view there is but a single principle,— the sovereignty of man over himself. This sovereignty of one's self over one's self is called Liberty. Where two or several of these sovereignties associate, the State begins. But in this association there is no abdication. Each sovereignty parts with a certain portion of itself to form the common right. That portion is the same for all. There is equal contribution by all to the joint sovereignty. This identity of concession which each makes to all, is Equality. The common right is nothing more or less than the protection of all, pouring its rays on each. This protection of each by all, is Fraternity. Liberty is the summit, Equality the base. Equality is not all vegetation on a level, a society of big spears of grass and stunted oaks, a neighborhood of jealousies, emasculating each other. It is, civilly, all aptitudes having equal opportunity; politically, all votes having equal weight; religiously, all consciences having equal rights. Ch. II : The Fellow-Craft, p. 44