A quote from Milton Friedman It is noting that the states with the lowest levels of economic and political freedom are also the sates with the lowest levels of fairness as well, despite what they often claim. After years of control by Democrats pushing fairness in California (and Oregon) the result has been ever lower levels of both fairness and freedom. In my opinion, freedom would be a good thing even if it did not bring about higher levels of fairness, which it does. Fairness is not a good enough goal to sacrifice freedom for. Especially given that 'fairness' is so very subjective.