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Adams, Michael  
North of the 49th parallel we value equality, south of it, they treasure freedom.

1997 - from Sex in the Snow
Amiel, Barbara  
[Feminist writer Kathleen] Mahoney sneers at 'formal equality' as a right-wing concept that must be replaced by 'substantive equality' -- a code for statistical parity, with quotas and privileges for women. These feminists are, in fact, promoting gender wars. They have already played havoc with the workplace and had a very adverse influence on such major institutions as the military, and, of course, the judiciary -- not to mention the family. Far from nation-building, they are destructive of the nation and highly detrimental to the fabric of our society. Like all ideologues, they have structured a universe in which everything proves whatever they wish it to prove and it is all used to structure a matriarchical system in which they will be able to wield almost unchecked power through intimidation, the establishment of standards and structures of morality that suit their ideology and function to their own benefit.

Mar. 9, 1999 - from a column in the National Post newspaper
It is important to understand that equality for the individual as in equal opportunity or equality before the law is a classic liberal ideal, while parity for a group is at best a political and at worst a profoundly reactionary notion. Equality stresses that any qualified human being may become an engineer, plumber, prime minister or jet pilot, regardless of gender, religion or race; while parity maintains that a proportionate number from each group must achieve such positions regardless of merit or utility. The belief in parity is based to some extent on a genuine error - the view that any disparity in society has to be the result of discrimination as well as the cynical politician's view that when disparity makes some people restless it should be eliminated, even at the expense of freedom and fairness.

1992 - from her column "The Secret Agenda of Gender", published in The Spectator
Aristotle
All men believe that justice means equality in some sense.... The question we must keep in mind is, equality or inequality in what sort of thing.

Democracy arose from men thinking that if they are equal in any respect they are equal in all respects.

350 BC - from Politics
If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.

350 BC - from Politics
The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law.

Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.

Baker, Kenneth
Equality of opportunity means the achievers must be allowed to achieve.

1986 - reported in The Times newspaper, London
Bane, Mary Jo
 We really don't know how to raise children. If we want to talk about equality of opportunity for children, then the fact that children are raised in families means there's no equality. ... In order to raise children with equality, we must take them away from families and communally raise them.

1977 - quoted by Associated Press in a story published in the Tulsa Sunday World



Bastiat, Frederic
Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.

1850 - from The Law
Berger, Peter L.
Income distribution is a function of modern economic growth, and is affected to only a limited degree by the institutional arrangements and policies of a society. Capitalism, then, does not come out very well in the perspective of [the value placed on equality]. But neither does socialism, or any presently existent or plausibly imagined form of societal organization. Those for whom equality is a paramount value would thus be well advised to cease blaming or defending either of the two major contemporary systems [viz. capitalism and socialism] for the existing state of affairs. Their concern would logically lead to an overall critique of modernity and to the practical question as to how modernization could be reversed or at least modified.

1987 - from The Capitalist Revolution, Gower, Aldershot
Bibby, Reginald W.  
In Canada, the time has come to address a centrally important question. If what we have in common is our diversity, do we really have anything in common at all?

1990 - from Mosaic Madness: The Poverty and Potential of Life in Canada
Bloom, Alan
Rousseau's theoretical frankness, or harshness, about legislation [to enforce equality] put off succeeding generations of thinkers, who nonetheless wanted the results of that harshness, i.e. community. Or, more likely, Robespierre's practical harshness and the failure of his attempt at legislation scared off moderate observers. Changing human nature seems a brutal, nasty, tyrannical thing to do. So, instead, it began to be denied that there is such a thing as human nature.

1987 - from The Closing of the American Mind
Brand, Christopher
Let's put to flight the PeeCee battalions whose absurdities warrant psychological research in their own right and wipe out modern White Anglo-Saxon Protestant 'speech codes' which blur and deny our differences. Once upon a time, we were equal before God and struggled for equality in the eye of the Law and in voting booths. But today, the central doctrine of PeeCee claims us to be naturally equal in every important way: morally, psychologically and in all-round cultural achievement. Who can believe such absurdity...

1996 - from "Get Real About Race", published in downlow Vol. 2, No. 1
Bressler, M.
An ideology that tacitly appeals to biological equality as a condition for human emancipation corrupts the idea of freedom. Moreover, it encourages decent men to tremble at the prospect of 'inconvenient' findings that may emerge in future scientific research.

1968 - from the essay "Sociology, Biology, and Ideology" as quoted in Genetics by D. Glass
Briskman, Larry
There are powerful arguments to suggest that....the pursuit of equality through the use of government coercion must destroy the framework of individual, and thus personal, liberty. For, as Robert Nozick has pointed out, individual differences [of talent, effort, taste, and so on] will, within such a framework, continuously (and spontaneously) produce new inequalities however we try to arrange the starting position of the individual citizens. Thus the socialist pursuit of equality must require an ever increasing interference with, and destruction of, personal liberty.

1988 - from Two Cheers for Ideology, published by the Scottish Young Conservatives
Charen, Mona
Context [in liberal parlance] suggests that "working families" are those who must work hard to make a living, in contrast to the rich who keep bankers' hours. But bankers' hours have gone the way of the typewriter. In fact, as research by MIT economist Dora Costa and others has shown, hours worked by the college-educated have been increasing and those worked by the non-college-educated have been declining since 1940. At that time, the rich really did work fewer hours than the non-rich, but no longer. Today, those in the top 10 percent of earners work an average of 52 hours a week, whereas those in the bottom 10 percent of earners work only 45 hours.

Aug. 18, 2000 - from "Working families and other myths", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.
The unconscious democracy of America is a very fine thing. It is a true and deep and instinctive assumption of the equality of citizens, which even voting and elections have not destroyed.

1922 - from What I Saw In America
Churchill, Charles
By different methods different men excel.

from Epistle to William Hogarth



Clinton, William Jefferson
 [Thomas Jefferson’s view of equality meant that] you had to be white, you had to be male, and ... you had to own property. ... [Our history is the story of] new and higher definitions - and more meaningful definitions - of equality and dignity and freedom.

1997 - from a speech advocating "a living Constitution", non-traditional interpretation of the American Constitution to accommodate "our changing times"
Coolidge, Calvin
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.

Jan. 7, 1914 - from a speech delivered to the Massachusetts Senate when he became its president
Cooper, James Fenimore
They who have reasoned ignorantly, or who have aimed at effecting their personal ends by flattering the popular feeling, have boldly affirmed that "one man is as good as another;" a maxim that is true in neither nature, revealed morals, nor political theory.

Corcoran, Terence  
Whether leftist or radical-feminist, the consequences of state-forced gender equality are now in: The cost is exorbitant, the means absurd, and there's no end in sight.

D'Souza, Dinesh
Proportional representation for ethnic groups directly violates the democratic principle of equal opportunity for individuals, and the underlying concept of group justice is hostile both to individual equality and to excellence.

1991 - from Illiberal Education
de Montaigne, Michel Eyquem
There never were, in the world, two opinions alike, no more than two hairs, or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.

de Tocqueville, Alexis
There exists... in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which compels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to equality with freedom.

Equality is a slogan based on envy. It signifies in the heart of every republican: "Nobody is going to occupy a place higher than I."

1835 - from Democracy in America
The nations of our time cannot prevent the conditions of men from becoming equal; but it depends upon themselves whether the principle of equality is to lead them to servitude or freedom, to knowledge or to barbarism, to prosperity or to wretchedness.

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.




However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the personal pride of each individual will always make him try to escape from the common level, and he will form some inequality somewhere to his own profit.

Diefenbaker, John George  
I cannot visualize Canada without French Canada. I cannot visualize French Canada without Canada. National unity based on equality must be the goal.

Durant, William
Utopias of equality are biologically doomed, and the best that the amiable philosopher can hope for is an approximate equality of legal justice and educational opportunity.

1968 - from The Lessons of History
Dworkin, Ronald
Campaigns and laws [which censor pornographic or Holocaust-denying speech] ... are particularly attractive in western democracies because they urge censorship in the interests not of the powerful but of the vulnerable; in the name not of injustice but of equality. They must nevertheless be resisted ... because if we deny freedom of speech to opinions we hate, we weaken the legitimacy of our entire political system, particularly the legitimacy of the very laws we pass to protect victims of stereotype and prejudice.

1997 - from his essay "Forked tongues, faked doctrines" published in Index on Censorship, March 1997
Dylan, Bob
All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they are all going to die.

Fairchild, Henry
No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.

Fonte, John
As [Alexis de] Tocqueville predicted, the acceptance of abstract utopian thinking has led to the promotion of equality of condition and, thus, to greater centralized and bureaucratic (rather than elected) power. The commonly accepted late 20th-century idea that ethnic and gender groups should be proportionally represented in all occupations at all levels ignores how free people behave. The actual fulfillment of this project of group proportionalism would require a degree of coercion inconsistent with a free society.

Jun. 19, 1999 - from his essay "Back to the future", published in the National Post newspaper, Toronto
At the end of the day, the progressive paradigm of group rights and equality of condition is a utopian construct that is incompatible with the traditional liberal democratic worldview of individual rights, equality of citizenship, and constitutional self-government grounded on an empirically based reason and a realistic concept of human nature. The conflict between the liberty party and the progressive party (as [Alexis de] Tocqueville predicted) will determine the ultimate fate of democracy, equality and liberty.

Jun. 19, 1999 - from his essay "Back to the future", published in the National Post newspaper, Toronto
Frankfurt, Harry G.
There is no necessary conceptual connection between a person's relative economic position and whether he has needs of any degree of urgency. ... A concern for economic equality, construed as desirable in itself, tends to divert a person's attention away from endeavouring to discover within his experience of himself and of his life what he himself really cares about and what will actually satisfy him, although this is the most basic and the most decisive task upon which an intelligent selection of economic goals depends. Exaggerating the moral importance of economic equality is harmful, in other words, because it is alienating. ... the doctrine of equality contributes to the moral disorientation and shallowness of our time.

1988 - from Philosophical Essays, Cambridge University Press
Friedman, Milton
A society that puts equality...ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality or freedom.




Froude, James Anthony
Men are by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal.

from "Party Politics" in Short Studies on Great Subjects
Gairdner, William D.  
What is perhaps most ironic and extraordinary about our current sense of democracy ... is how its constituent words: freedom, choice, equality, and rights, are used to defend the blatantly contradictory notions of individualism and collectivism simultaneously. Although many Canadians died defending the former against the latter, we now embrace both with an equal fondness.

Jun. 25, 2001 - from Commentary, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Gasset, Jose Ortega y
Society is always a dynamic unity of two component factors: minorities and masses. The minorities are individuals or groups of individuals which are specially qualified. The mass is the assemblage of persons not specially qualified. By masses, then, is not to be understood, solely or mainly, "the working masses." The mass is the average man.

1929 - from The Revolt of the Masses
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
Law givers or revolutionaries who promise equality and liberty at the same time are either utopian dreamers or charlatans.

Goldwater, Barry
Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.

Jun. 16, 1964 - from his speech to the Republican National Convention
Grudin, Robert
The secret of liberal intolerance lies in the limited definitions that liberalism ascribes to these and other key words. To the liberal mind, for example, “tolerant” and “open-minded” carry with them a sense of guilt and the spirit of relativism: an anxious unwillingness to make value judgments, particularly ethical or aesthetic, and a resentment for people who do ... Fairness and equality imply not just concern for the underprivileged but an unwillingness to set any standards but those that can be met by the great mass of humanity ... Freedom and expression connote limitlessness, randomness, and whim, and enlightened is a term reserved for individuals who use exactly these words in exactly these ways.

1990 - from The Grace of Great Things
Hayek, Friedrich
It is of the essence of the demand for equality before the law that people should be treated alike in spite of the fact that they are different.

1960 - from The Constitution of Liberty, University of Chicago Press
The great aim of the struggle for liberty has been equality before the law.

1960 - from The Constitution of Liberty, University of Chicago Press
To rest the case for equal treatment of national or racial minorities on the assumption that they do not differ from other men is implicitly to admit that factual inequality would justify unequal treatment, and the proof that some differences do, in fact, exist would not be long in forthcoming. It is of the essence of the demand for equality before the law that people should be treated alike in spite of the fact that they are different.

1960 - from The Constitution of Liberty, University of Chicago Press
A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.




Herrnstein, Richard
The ideology of equality has done some good. For example, it is not possible as a practical matter to be an identifiable racist or sexist and still hold public office. But most of its effects are bad. Given the power of contemporary news media to imprint a nation-wide image overnight, mainstream political figures have found that their allegiance to the rhetoric of equality must extend very far indeed, for a single careless remark can irretrievably damage or even end a public career. In everyday life, the ideology of equality censors and straitjackets everything from pedagogy to humor. The ideology of equality has stunted the range of moral dialogue to triviality. In daily life-conversations, the lessons taught in public schools, the kinds of screenplays or newspaper feature stories that people choose to write-the moral ascendancy of equality has made it difficult to use concepts such as virtue, excellence, beauty and-above all-truth.

1994 - from The Bell Curve, The Free Press, New York (with Charles Murray)
Heston, Charlton
President Bill Clinton’s cultural shock troops participate in gay-rights fundraisers but boycott gun-rights fundraisers...and then claim it’s time to place homosexual men in tents with Boy Scouts, and suggest that sperm donor babies born into lesbian relationships are somehow better served and more loved. Such demands have nothing to do with equality. They’re about the currency of cultural war - money and votes - and the Clinton camp will let anyone in the tent if there’s a donkey on the hat, a check in the mail or some yen in the fortune cookie.

from a speech to the Free Congress Foundation
Hoffer, Eric
We clamor for equality chiefly in matters in which we ourselves cannot hope to attain excellence. To discover what a man truly craves but knows he cannot have we must find the field in which he advocates absolute equality. By this test Communists are frustrated Capitalists.

1955 - from The Passionate State of Mind
Hughes, Charles Evans
When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

Jun. 17, 1925 - from a Supreme Court judgement
Hume, David
[Ideas of perfect equality] are really, at bottom, impracticable; and, were they not so, would be extremely pernicious to human society. Render possessions ever so equal, men's different degrees of art, care and industry will immediately break that equality. Or if you check these virtues, you reduce society to the most extreme indigence; and instead of preventing want and beggary in a few, render it unavoidable to the whole community.

1745 - from Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding
Huxley, Thomas Henry
Proclaim human equality as loudly as you like. Witless will serve his brother.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
Jackson, Andrew
Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions.

Jefferson, Thomas
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent.

Oct. 28, 1813 - from a letter to John Adams
No longer persevere in sacrificing the rights of one part of the empire to the inordinate desires of another; but deal out to all equal and impartial right.

from A Summary View of the Rights of British America
Jencks, Christopher
...inequality is recreated anew in each generation, even among people who start life in essentially identical circumstances.

1973 - from Inequality, Harmondsworth and Penguin



Jenkinson, Michael  
A review by [Alberta Report] of the [education] results in Edmonton and Calgary found great inequality, but a consistent pattern: independent schools usually do better than Catholic, and Catholic schools usually do better than public.

Jul. 15, 1996 - from "The marks are out and the excuses are in", Alberta Report
Jonas, George  
Assume you're a feminist. To further your political objective, which is to secure advantages for your group, you need to replace a liberal principle, namely equality, with an illiberal principle, to wit, inequality. It would be bad form for you to say so, of course, but that's not all. In an essentially liberal society such as Canada, pushing inequality would be useless. It simply wouldn't fly. But what if you stuck an adjective -- say, 'formal' -- in front of the word 'equality'? Then you could contrast 'formal equality' with a newly minted concept for inequality that sounded better -- say, 'substantive equality.' Now you're on track. While you couldn't sell the idea of replacing equality with inequality, replacing 'formal equality' with 'substantive equality' might have legs. Presto, the feminist party line.

Mar. 20, 1999 - from "Some more equal than others? Pshaw!", published in the National Post newspaper
Kedourie, Elie
A case of sorts, shaky and riddled with various absurdities which make it ultimately untenable, has been made out for the progressive taxation of incomes. But how is one to deal with good looks or great native intelligence which raise their possessors above the general condition, but in ways which escape the criteria of the [tax collectors]? Equality requires, in fact, constant and detailed official intervention in the most private affairs, in order for it to be instituted and maintained intervention which must, in turn, involve perpetual disturbance of existing relationships and expectations, and thus perpetual exacerbation of social tensions. Equality which aims at the creation of a more wholesome and peaceable society thus paradoxically leads to querulousness and contention.

1984 - from The Crossman Confessions, Mansell
Kirk, Russell
Fifth, conservatives pay attention to the principle of variety. They feel affection for the proliferating intricacy of long-established social institutions and modes of life, as distinguished from the narrowing uniformity and deadening egalitarianism of radical systems.... The only true forms of equality are equality at the Last Judgment and equality before a just court of law; all other attempts at leveling must lead, at best, to social stagnation.

1993 - from "Ten Conservative Principles", in the second chapter of The Politics of Prudence
[C]ivilized society requires orders and classes.... If natural distinctions are effaced among men, oligarchs fill the vacuum. Ultimate equality in the judgment of God, and equality before courts of law, are recognized by conservatives; but equality of condition, they think, means equality in servitude and boredom.

1953 - from The Conservative Mind
Kristol, Irving
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
When one says that experience and reason testify that men are not equal, then one understands under 'equality' the equality of abilities or the equivalence of the bodily strength and mental capacities of men. It is quite obvious that in this sense men are not equal. No single reasonable man and no single socialist ever forgets this.

Llosa, Mario Vargas
Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose. I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway: you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.

Lombardi, Vince
None of us is born equal, in spite of everything they say about it - we are born only in certain inalienable rights. But we are born rather unequal... it is becoming increasingly difficult to be tolerant of a society who has sympathy only for the misfit, only for the maladjusted, only for the criminal, and only for the loser.

Jun. 22, 1970 - from his last public speech
Loney, Martin  
[Re: the politics of gender and race identity] Canadians have financed an increasingly destructive agenda whose outcome is not unity, equality or fairness, but division.




Loury, Glenn Cartman
We say people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin; yet, we sort, count, respond to, cavort with and assess one another on the basis of race.

May 1, 1997 - from "Straight Talk Instead of 'Race-Talk'", published by SpeakOut.com
Madison, James
Equal laws protecting equal rights, are ... the best guarantee of loyalty, and love of country; as well as best calculated to cherish that mutual respect and good will among citizens of every religious denomination which are necessary to social harmony and most favorable to the advancement of truth.

Aug. 1820 - from a letter
That alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.

Mahoney, Kathleen  
 Formal equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved as long as all people are treated the same under the law. Substantive equality is based on the notion that equality will be achieved by ensuring the impact of laws is fair.

from a column in the National Post
Maugham, W. Somerset
Tolerance is another word for indifference.

Minogue, Kenneth
Equality, like arsenic, has contradictory effects. In moderation a tonic, it becomes poisonous when indulged to excess. Equality is the basis of our law, and saturates our language and our manners to a degree far beyond any other civilisation. But to 'equalise' the material things people enjoy must involve severing all connection between human conduct on the one hand and material things on the other. ... Only the dead weight of a massively despotic power could sustain such equality. ... The notorious problem of ... egalitarian societies is that large numbers of their inhabitants want to bolt.

1988 - from his essay "The Preoccupation with Equality", published in Encounter No. 71
Sex is a relatively weak drive in primitive and poor communities, but it becomes explosive in rich and well-fed societies like our own. The history of the twentieth century has been a ceaseless struggle between inherited conventions which sought to limit sex and channel it, on the one hand, and the liberated impulse which many people found to be the most natural and rational thing, on the other. It is perhaps odd that sex is not usually advanced as a fundamental human right. The rhetoric in this case has always been the demand for equality, so that what began as marital rights (and therefore conditional) end up universalized. This has been how homosexual rights and sex for the disabled, for example, have moved out of the private realm into public concern. To universalize tends to destroy, and this has been the effect on marriage of universal sexuality.

Nov. 10, 1997 - from "ID Control" an essay published in National Review
Montesquieu, Baron de
Democracy has two excesses to be wary of: the spirit of inequality, which leads it to aristocracy, and the spirit of extreme equality, which leads it to despotism.

1748 - from The Spirit of the Laws
Murray, Charles
The ideology of equality has done some good. For example, it is not possible as a practical matter to be an identifiable racist or sexist and still hold public office. But most of its effects are bad. Given the power of contemporary news media to imprint a nation-wide image overnight, mainstream political figures have found that their allegiance to the rhetoric of equality must extend very far indeed, for a single careless remark can irretrievably damage or even end a public career. In everyday life, the ideology of equality censors and straitjackets everything from pedagogy to humor. The ideology of equality has stunted the range of moral dialogue to triviality. In daily life-conversations, the lessons taught in public schools, the kinds of screenplays or newspaper feature stories that people choose to write-the moral ascendancy of equality has made it difficult to use concepts such as virtue, excellence, beauty and-above all-truth.

1994 - from The Bell Curve, The Free Press, New York (with Richard Herrnstein)
Murrow, Edward R.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices--just recognize them.




Mussolini, Benito
 Fascism affirms the immutable, beneficial, fruitful inequality of men.

quoted by C.R. Brand in "Quotations about Equality and Community"
Nisbet, Robert
Respect for individual liberty makes it possible for human beings to live in and be aware of differentiation, a condition that, in biology, is recognized for what it is, the basis of progressive evolution, but which, in its social manifestation, receives no such recognition because of both the inequality intrinsic to all social differentiation and the ideology of equality that has spread so widely and so devastatingly in the twentieth century.

If all human beings in a population either are declared equal in their native strengths and rights, or else are persuaded to believe this, then the eventual realization of the hard truth of the matter that no amount of redistribution of wealth and status can ever obliterate inequality in one form or another must often take the form of covetousness mixed with resentment: that is, envy. ....The only remedy for the poisons created by egalitarianism in a society is emphatically not ever-greater dosages of political redistribution of wealth and status, for such dosages worsen the disease, producing fevers of avarice and envy. No, the sole remedy for this pathology is the introduction and diffusion of individual liberty as a sovereign value. Respect for individual liberty makes it possible for human beings to live in and be aware of differentiation a condition that, in biology, is recognized for what it is, the basis of progressive evolution, but which, in its social manifestation, receives no such recognition because of both the inequality intrinsic to all social differentiation and the ideology of equality that has spread so widely and so devastatingly in the twentieth century.

1982 - from Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA
There is no principle in the conservative philosophy than that of the inherent and absolute incompatibility between liberty and equality.

from Twilight of Authority
Novak, Michael
... capitalism better helps the poor to escape from poverty than any other system, especially better than socialism. ... Capitalism rewards effort, talent, inventiveness, and luck [but not] equal outcomes, because ... equality can be achieved only by abandoning liberty for tyranny.

On at least three matters - IQ, heritability, and human nature - the rules we have lived under for some decades now are evasion, euphemism, and taboo. [Today's] earthquake has been caused by the simultaneous violation of all three. The problem is especially acute for liberals who have invested virtually their entire substance in three unusual beliefs: that almost everything important about human beings originates in the environment; that environmental factors may be manipulated at will by an intelligent and highly moral elite (composed of themselves); and that the ideal condition of human life would be a certain uniformity, which they call (equivocally) 'equality.' By the latter term, they do not mean equality under the law, or even equality of opportunity, but an administered equality of result. ... The most significant Herrnstein-Murray thesis [in The Bell Curve] is that the physical isolation and intellectual hubris of [America's cognitive elite] are distorting its vision, leading it into utopianism, and enfolding it in a world of unreality. This is the fundamental reason for the pessimism that Herrnstein and Murray reluctantly voice.

1994 - from his essay "Sins of the Cognitive Elite", published in National Review
O'Sullivan, John
When political institutions come under ... attack, it is often hard, maybe impossible, to defend them in terms of their own justifying principles - of freedom, equality, prosperity, or whatever. The radical critic can always point to a gap between the noble ideal and inadequate practice, and the defender is driven onto the defensive. It is in these circumstances that the defender willy nilly turns to conservative arguments.

Feb. 16, 1999 - from his lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies in London, England
Pericles
How soever different in a private capacity, we all enjoy the same general equality our laws are fitted to preserve; and superior honours just as we excel.

429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
Phillips, Melanie
Down this route [of the liberal evolution of society], liberal values turn into coercion and hedonism. Freedom and equality turn into absolutes, ends rather than means. Thus broadcasters and film-makers can drench our screens with sexual voyeurism or gratuitous violence regardless of the way such influential abandonment of moral constraints helps lower the threshold of unacceptable behaviour. Since their creative freedom is considered an absolute, any plea for self-restraint is condemned as censorship.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
In education, children need equality of opportunity; which means some will succeed, some will not. But if equality is not the means but the end, then outcomes must be equal. Every child must succeed equally. As the [British] Labour party's pre-election education policy document proclaimed, 'excellence for all'. That might mean that prizes, as the Dodo told Alice in Wonderland, are for everyone, since everyone has won; and if that is how it is to be interpreted, then all relevant statistics – exam grades, curriculum test results, numbers getting good university degrees – will doubtless continue to be manipulated to produce that illusion, as they were under the [British] Tory government.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies



The education department's rhetoric [under British Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair] about ending educational failure is certainly refreshing, and marks a significant and courageous departure in Labour policy. And yet the stated aim to re-impose equality in education; the hostility to diversity and desire to bring all schools back under the control of the local authorities which have done such terrible damage in the past; the endorsement of the shift from teacher to learner which has abandoned so many children to ignorance and error; these signals and more indicate that in the most important policy area of all, New Labour is alarmingly compromised by those corrupted liberal values which have undermined the transmission of our culture.

May. 01, 1997 - from her lecture "The Corruption of Liberalism" delivered at the London-based Centre for Policy Studies
Pope Leo XIII
The great mistake made in regard to the matter now under consideration is to take up the notion that class is naturally hostile to class, and that the wealthy and the working man are intended by nature to live in mutual conflict. So irrational and so false is this view, that the direct contrary is the truth. Just as the symmetry of the human frame is the result of the suitable arrangement of the different parts of the body, so in a state is it ordained by nature that these two classes should dwell in harmony and agrement, so as to maintain the balance of the body politic.

1891 - from Rerum Novarum encyclical
People differ in capacity, skill, health, strength; and unequal fortune is a necessary result of unequal condition. Such inequality is far from being disadvantageous either to individuals or to the community.

Proudhon, Pierre-Joseph
...liberty is an absolute right because it is to man what impenetrability is to matter, a sine qua non of existence; equality is an absolute right because without equality there is no society; security is an absolute right because in the eyes of every man his own liberty and life are as precious as another's. These three rights are absolute, that is, susceptible of neither increase nor diminution because every member of society receives as much as he gives - liberty for liberty, equality for equality, security for security, body for body, soul for soul.

1840 - from his essay What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government
Reagan, Maureen
I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as unqualified as some of the men who are already there.

Reid, Scott  
Canada's lack of a strong republican movement seems to be the result of an abandonment, since the 1960s, of a once-dominant interpretation of our own history nearly identical to the mythology that prevails today in Australia. For the past thirty years, however, Canadian intellectuals have tended to define the country either in terms of the ways in which it is different and hopefully superior to the United States, or else in terms of a gradual coming-together of the French and English-speaking peoples on terms of increasing equality. In either of these two new Canadian mythologies, ties with Britain are simply irrelevant to key nationalist ideologies or to national symbolism.

Feb. 27, 1998 - from his paper "Is the Peaceable Kingdom Asleep? Why there is no republican movement in Canada", presented to the Centre for Canadian Studies, Sydney, Australia
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
From....lack of knowledge, there has arisen that fine dictum of morality so much bandied about by the philosophical crowd, that men are everywhere the same, and that having everywhere the same passions and the same vices, it is rather useless to attempt to characterize the different races; which is just about as reasonable as if one were to say that one could not distinguish Peter from James, because each of them has a nose, a mouth and eyes.

1755 - from On the Origin of Inequality
Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de
Demagoguery enters at the moment when, for want of a common denominator, the principle of equality degenerates into the principle of identity.

1942 - from Flight To Arras
Samuel, Viscount Herbert Louis
Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.

Scott, J.M.
For upwards of fifty years, the trend has been not just towards securing a greater measure of equality of opportunity, which is a basic object of liberal democracy, but equally towards a rigid, doctrinaire and unjustifiable belief in centralization and control as the only method of achieving it. The partisans of this belief have interpenetrated much of the educational establishment [in Britain] the educational Press, the educational unions, the educational bureaucracy, and the schools, colleges and universities themselves.

1973 - from Dons and Students, Plume Press