"Perhaps I can summarise it best by saying this -- Nations that have pursued equality, like the Iron Curtain countries, I think have finished up with neither equality, nor liberty. Nations, which like us, in the past have pursued liberty, as a fundamental objective, extending it to all, have finished up with liberty, human dignity, and far fewer inequalities than other people."
Margaret Thatcher
(1925-2013) British Prime Minister (1979–1990)
1976 Feb 5, TV Interview for Thames TV 'This Week'
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 -- KP, Ohio      
A typical Thatcher remark.... who ruined the English economy by deregulation of the banks.
 -- Robert, Somewhere in Europe     
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    A Fabian Socialist remark, seeing the garbage left in the USA. Growing up with friends coming from England after WW II speaking of the immorality of England, smeared on every billboard.
     -- Ronw13, USA     
    A natural phenomenon that has proved itself over and over again. Equality before the law is far, Far, FAR different than materially equal. The de jure jurisprudence of the U.S. was based on representation of individual sovereign rights - not the tangible person (each person is different, with varying talents, wants, desires, ambitions, etc. while rights remain the same with all people) Thatcher clarified the type of equality that was the focus of the quote. Every time equality has been applied to materialism, the result has been poverty, pain, destruction, despotism, tyranny, an enslaving caste system and a totalitarian enforcement of criminal compelled compliance, victimless crimes, larceny and usurpation.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      

    With out freedom to fail there is no freedom at all.

     -- warren, cook ne     
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    Unfortunately, the tendency of the monarchical British Commonwealths, like the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and others with the Queen (now King) printed on their currency, is that they are still statist, under the rule of the State in whatever form, and invariably build up the organs of the State at the cost of their 'subjects.'  Unlike the USA, the citizens are subservient to the Crown's government, whereas in the republican form of government, the rights of the People are paramount and cannot be abridged by legislation  ever.

    Today's British Commonwealths have become fascistic and authoritarian, ever embracing more totalitarian rules that restrict speech, travel, property, labor, and even consent itself.  There is no right to Liberty in any of these countries, only the permission to follow the rules set from on high, which can be overturned in subsequent elections ever more rigged to favor 'globalist' policies that enrich an elite few and indenture further the people into abject servitude  or death, whichever is deemed more beneficial to the State.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Mrs Thatcher was your typical politician. She presents some flimsy positive irrelevant comparison as some sort of accomplishment, when just in reality used the usual "violence "solution for her political purposes. We still have a tremendous challenge to reach some identifiable civilized behavior. These liberties, dignities, equalities she refers to are all just Hollywood like (for instance Camelot) falsely represented impressions attributed to the most popular, yet most oppressive members of our conventional arrangement, all the while neglecting and abusing the most creative member.  t 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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