Freedom that Matters

Posted: 13 Nov 2008  

H. E. Baber

Department of Philosophy

Date Written: November 10, 2008


Ideologues of the American Dream doctrine assume that state intervention aimed at providing social safety nets for citizens and reducing economic inequality, restricts freedom and undermines individual opportunity. This assumption is the result of empirical misinformation and, more fundamentally, a conceptual mistake. Robust empirical data indicate that economic equality, far from stifling initiative or undermining opportunity, is conducive to social mobility.

Keywords: ethics, political philosophy, egalitarianism, libertarianism

Suggested Citation

Baber, H. E., Freedom that Matters (November 10, 2008). Available at SSRN:

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