Liberty & Equality Same or different? Coyote Let me start this off with the most basic breakdown I can think of. Liberty is basically the exercise of human rights in any manner a person wants, as long as it doesn't infringe on someone else. Equality is basically the status of being equal. So, in essence, how could liberty even exist without equality? Its not true liberty if one man can do something another cant, correct? Of course! There is absolutely NO value in liberty if equality is absent. Doesn't even exist. I think the two words are raped to the point of non existence anyways. Like racist. Equality isn't one race of people getting special rights other groups don't. Quit the opposite. You could attach some emotional spin to it, but it wont change the reality.. If one group gets special rights(inequality), liberty doesn't exist. Why? Because one man is able to do what he wants, while another man is constrained by the State.