Certainly the USA isn’t the ONLY nation with Freedom, Liberty, Equality and Justice. It is also obvious that the USA doesn’t have the worst Freedom, Liberty, Equality and Justice of any nation on earth. It is also certain that the ranking of these qualities among earth nations is moot (open to debate).
The troubled half of the population will argue that the qualities of Freedom, Liberty, Equality and Justice, as found in the USA, cannot be improved. This essay does not address these skeptics, but the choir – those that believe that change is possible and they can, in some small way, support change. The ‘choir’ has the belief that society can become more perfect.
With Justice, would some get away with murder because people either don’t understand what a fact is? Would some get away with murder because the law makes murder legal in certain situations? Would some go to jail for years for doing something that didn’t cause anyone harm, loss or injury? Would trials be long and expensive?
With freedom, would force be necessary? With Freedom, would people be constrained in choice or action? Freedom is described as: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. With freedom from government, or anarchy, we would not have freedom as others could rule us by force taking what they wanted from us at gunpoint.
Liberty is defined as: the power to do as one pleases or freedom from physical restraint; freedom from arbitrary or despotic control; the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges; the power of choice; a right or immunity enjoyed by prescription or by grant; permission especially to go freely within specified limits.
With liberty, there are some constraints to absolute freedom that would be applied by the police or the courts as ordained by government rules and regulations. The maximum freedom would be a universal self restraint from causing others harm or injury. Maximum liberty, then, would require that the laws, courts, justice and police be as perfect and as possible. Maximum freedom would be the ability to select the government of your choice, if not one of individual creation.
Liberty and Freedom are plausibly proportional to freedom of choice. They are proportional to the minimization of force. They are proportional to the ethics of all members of society as less force is necessary with a completely ethical, honest, trustworthy and sentient society.
Perhaps more electronic monitoring can replace force and punishment as a control mechanism. Perhaps the only punishment and or force needs to be banishment. Perhaps justice requires mainly electronic monitoring and not require the ‘logic’ of the troubled half of society.
Perhaps maximum Freedom requires one to choose his own government and the people in his society.
Equality requires equality of rights and representation. Equality of representation would require a lottocracy where representatives are randomly chosen from a pool of college educated or super literate people so that every profession, sex and race has an opportunity to be equally represented.
If freedom requires selection of the members of society and equality requires randomness, then there is a problem that requires compromise as part of the solution. Maximum Liberty requires Justice to establish just compromise between Freedom and Equality.
Maximum Liberty does not require a one size fits all approach or a homogenous society. Maximum Liberty does probably require an absolute equality of rights.