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Larry Briskman
Political philosopher, University of Edinburgh

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