You mean 'Are'...
Anyway....I assume you are pointing out that in a society where everyone is equal (theoretically) such as communism, the members have to be forced or coerced into compliance thereby depriving them of their liberty. Is that that what you meant?
There is a difference between being equal and being equal under the law. Despite what your idealistic grade school teacher taught you, we are not all equal. Some of us are fast, some of us are strong, some of us are smart, some of us were born rich.
Maaaan...Well said! I agree. We are not created
equally, but I think the inference there is that we should be treated
as such. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses and if everyone in the world were equal in their composition and abilities, I think we would become stagnant. There would be no progression, no forward movement, no one to study cures for cancer, no one the flip our burgers, etc.
Liberty, is something we can find within ourselves. The freedom to make choices as we see fit, provided we are not harming others (this of course, opens up a brand new argument on morality). Two of my favorite quotes:
(This one I have tattooed on my wrist) "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." Ayn Rand
"The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest."
That said, I do believe that while equality whether with one another or under the law and liberty are such disparate ideas, I don't see how one can be achieved without impeding upon the other. Liberty, however, is something we can find deep within ourselves and define for ourselves. Having the liberty to live your life in such a way as you see fit, without concern of judgment of others. I have found the most liberating thing in life for me has been to not give a flying fuck what anyone else thinks of me!
I believe in the individual right to the pursuit of happiness.