Freedom and equality are linked

The old Soviet Union falsely claimed to sacrifice liberty for equality.  But the people who lived there had neither.  The Soviet Union created a new class society where the state class ruled everyone else.  The few on the top received the benefits while the rest suffered materially. In the name of the peoples democracy people suffered under brutal police state dictatorship.

Some people claim that equality must be sacrificed in the name of liberty.  Neo liberals talk about the market and liberty. In reality it is the liberty of the economic elite that is meant when these people talk about liberty. Small businesses suffer too and the market is meant for others because when the elite suffer business failure the state bail then out. Welfare for the rich and welfare cuts for the poor is the neo liberal practical policy.  In many neo liberal states I see an attack on civil liberties of the individual and a state supported business elite and a nanny state emerging.

How we will build a better society and economy will be depended on the ideas of people.  We need liberty equality and democracy as basic building blocks for a new society. The extremes of communism and neo liberalism have failed humanity.  They have benefited different elites instead of the majority of the people.

John O Brien.

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Author: irishfabian

I am a member of the Irish Labour Party in Cork East.

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