Monday, November 23, 2015

Milton Friedman Quote: Equality Destroys Freedom

I was reading a work by Milton Friedman and came across this quote, which is a concise expression of the reason why modern progressive dogma is so dangerous:

The argument is not that it is literally impossible to reduce or eliminate specific instances of inequality, but that the very processes created to do so generate other inequalities, including dangerous inequalities of power caused by expanding the role of government.... 
A society that puts equality—in the sense of equality of outcome—ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom. The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom, and the force, introduced for good purposes, will end up in the hands of people who use it to promote their own interests.