The idea known as liberty
(Or sometimes simply “being free”)
Is often in a rivalry
With what we call equality.
Now liberty means I can do
Most anything I might want to.
But if I’m better off than you,
You may not have that freedom too.
Justice is, you may observe,
The goal folks get what they deserve.
But life can throw us all a curve,
Those who command and those who serve.
For nature isn’t always fair,
And folks don’t get an equal share.
One kid’s born broke, and one’s an heir,
So how could there be justice there?
So though we must indeed be free
To function in society
It’s not enough. There needs to be
Some measure of equality.