June 25, 2004

THE G.U.T.:

Daily Liberty Quote (6/25/04)

Nature smiles at the union of freedom and equality in our utopias. For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies. Leave men free, and their natural inequalities will multiply almost geometrically, as in England and America in the nineteenth century under laissez-faire. To check the growth of inequality, liberty must be sacrificed, as in Russia after 1917.
--Will Durant (1885-1981)

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 25, 2004 7:58 AM
Comments

Actually, inequality didn't multiply in the nineteenth-century under laissez-faire, unless your measure of inequality is dominated by the wealth of a few fabulously rich entrepreneurs (Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, et al.). The prosperous middle class was created at that time. And Communism in Russia didn't end inequality, it exacerbated it. No one was more unequal in 1933 than Stalin and your average Cossack.

So Durant's facts are all wrong, but other than that, great quote.

Posted by: pj at June 25, 2004 10:33 AM

pj:

No one was ever a poorer rich man than those who had lots of Soviet made stuff.

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2004 10:43 AM

True. But perhaps Stalin imported his stuff from Sweden, like Kim Jong-il imports his women.

Posted by: pj at June 25, 2004 4:58 PM

Even a pig pile with Donna Reed, Jean Arthur, Maureen O'Hara, Margaret Thatcher & Salma Hayek wouldn't be worth living in North Korea. A visit maybe...

Posted by: oj at June 25, 2004 5:06 PM
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