From Robert Ringer:
Also, throughout history, utopian thinkers have confused freedom with equality. But nothing could be more incorrect. No matter what one's moral desires, nature has made freedom and equality totally incompatible. "Freedom and equality," wrote Will and Ariel Durant, "are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.''
As governments step up their attempts to defy nature and bring about equality, they find it necessary to employ force. And when force enters the picture, some people are going to come under the control of others.
Thus, you may be surprised, after a little probing, to find that when people espouse freedom, often they are referring to their freedom, not yours. Worse, you are likely to discover that their freedom necessitates the violation of your freedom.
When freedom is subjectively defined by each individual, it is reduced to a meaningless abstract. The only way freedom can be rationally viewed is in its pure, no‑compromise form: human freedom the freedom for each individual to do as he pleases, so long as he does not commit aggression against anyone else.
Presidential candidates love to talk about freedom, even while telling us how they intend to further enslave us. They do this by manufacturing "rights" out of thin air. This year's crop of candidates has been especially bold in this respect, babbling endlessly about our nonexistent rights and how they intend to fulfill them.The problem is that all artificially created rights are anti-freedom, because in order to fulfill one person's rights (read, desires), another person's rights must be violated.