Equality vs Liberty – Book Quote 9

From Preserving Democracy, by Elgin Hushbeck:

Now in the abstract, there is nothing wrong with this. Equality is a good thing and in a perfect world, we should and would have equality. But once again we do not live in a perfect world and in the real world equality comes at a cost, and the cost is liberty. While both liberty and equality are noble and good goals, they are, particularly when it comes to government, mutually exclusive. The more government pushes for one the less you will have of the other. If government pushes for liberty the result will be less equality. The more government pushes for equality, the less liberty there will be. (p. 189)