Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reminder to President Obama and other liberals

"[F]ormal equality before the law is in conflict, and in fact, incompatible, with any activity of the government deliberately aiming at material or substantive equality of different people, and that any policy aiming directly at a substantive ideal of distributive justice must lead to the destruction of the Rule of Law. To produce the same result for different people, it is necessary to treat them differently...

"[F]or the Rule of Law to be effective it is more important that there should be a rule applied always without exceptions than what this rule is."

-- Friedrich A. von Hayek, The Road to Serfdom, Bruce Caldwell, ed. (1944; Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), 117.

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