“… liberty, which produces voluntary arrangements that evolve once one’s rights to one’s self and production are protected, provides the means of achieving the best that is actually achievable in advancing society. As we develop ourselves, we each have more to offer others, without requiring immoral acts. And what freedom has historically accomplished, beyond anyone’s ability to envision it, extended to further as-yet-unknowable possibilities, provides ample reason to trust it over coercive alternatives.”
As the title of the article suggests, the Socialist Utopia promises perfection at some point in the future, while individual liberty actually delivers a constantly improving society.
I’ve written before that selfishness and fairness are not legal concepts, there is no enshrinement of a man-made law that says being selfish is illegal, neither is there one that dictates that everything must be fair. The absence of law is an indication that these are moral concepts, not legal ones. In natural law, there is no such concept as “fairness” – the cougar is stronger than the rabbit, the success of the food chain and the survival of the cougar depends on it. The cougar also does not know how to be “selfish”, it eats when it is hungry and as much as it is able to catch…but animals are not burdened with morality or a soul. The realizations of both “selfishness” and “fairness” are human constructs and are based on an individual and societal point of view and an established value system, a value system that is typically based on religious beliefs. We seek to create these concepts as a matter of social interaction and civilization, essentially to protect society from the barbarity and savagery of natural law.
There will be those who say that fairness is enshrined in the Constitution. My argument would be that fairness is provided for, not specifically mandated or defined. The Constitution speaks of fairness and equal treatment with respect to governance, not societal fairness. The words “fair” or “fairness” are not present in the text of the U.S. Constitution. Even in the Declaration of Independence, you will find the express concept that “all men are created equal”, not “equality is guaranteed for life”.