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Freedom or Equality? by Gizi Rapaport

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Freedom or Equality? by Gizi Rapaport.

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I haven't read this, but I like the fact that the title recognises that freedom and equality (of outcome) seldom go together. (Equality before the law is another matter all together). Equality of opportunity or wealth, seldom arises from freedom, and must be enforced if it is to be attained - usually at a low level. The French revolution likely failed because of their call for liberty along with equality. As Ayn Rand put it, we should call for 'freedom' of opportunity, not 'equality' of opportunity.

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I haven't read this, but I like the fact that the title recognises that freedom and equality (of outcome) seldom go together. (Equality before the law is another matter all together). Equality of opportunity or wealth, seldom arises from freedom, and must be enforced if it is to be attained - usually at a low level. The French revolution likely failed because of their call for liberty along with equality. As Ayn Rand put it, we should call for 'freedom' of opportunity, not 'equality' of opportunity.

The motto of the French Revolution was Liberty, Fraternity, Equality.

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Here are some excerpts from a long review of Freedom or Equality? titled "Socialism vs. Capitalism: The Debate is Still Alive and Kicking,” by Prof. Oz Almog, a sociologist and historian of Israeli society teaching at Haifa University:

“The book contrasts two basic social concepts – ‘socialism,’ on one hand, and ‘classical liberalism’ (or do use its more familiar name, ‘capitalism’) on the other – which differ from each other as to the way in which society can and should achieve the spiritual and material welfare of humankind.

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“As in most philosophical debates, the disparity between the two parties begins with the very definition of basic premises regarding true human nature (egoism vs. altruism; competition or cooperation) and with the meaning assigned to the basic concepts relevant to the discussion – such as ‘freedom,’ ‘equality’ and ‘brotherhood’ […] Even after reaching some kind of common conceptual platform, the disparity – as Rapaport shows – continues to prevail regarding the factual and ethical affinity between the individual and society.

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“The book makes a didactic contribution from two standpoints. First, the very presentation of a variety of arguments illustrates to beginning students the complexity and beauty of philosophical discussion in general, and the complexity of the dispute under discussion in particular. Persons of limited philosophical experience are likely to learn from this book that, in trying to get to the roots of any one philosophical dispute, one must necessarily become entangled in a web of disputes concerning the nature of humankind and of the world.”

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I was Facebook friends with Gizi Rapaport long before I heard of this book because we had common political goals. I am happy to see that many of my Objectivist friends have recently friended her as well.

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Dr. Rapaport asked me to ask those who read "Freedom or Equality" to post their reviews on Amazon. Those who are members of HBL are welcome to post their views on that list as well.

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If anyone wants to purchase the book, please let me know. I have them for sale.

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