A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 28, 2013
“Free men are not equal and equal men are not free”

"For the inequality of man, since equal men are not free and free men are not equal” and “Equal men are not free and free men are not equal” were both said by conservative author and speaker Thomas J. Anderson (1910-2002) in November 1960 and April 1961, respectively. “Free men are not equal; and equal men are not free”—perhaps the more popular form of the saying—was credited to Tom Anderson in The Conservative Political Action Handbook (1962).

The saying expands upon “All men are created equal” in the U.S. Declaration of Independence (1776). The conservative argument is that all people should have equal opportunity under law, but that equality of outcome should not be a public policy. Some people are better than other people and certain things; everyone has different talents. A government that seeks equality of income, for example, is a government in a society where people are not free.


Wikipedia: Thomas J. Anderson
Thomas Jefferson Anderson (November 10, 1910 – August 30, 2002) was an American conservative author, farmer, and candidate for the U.S. presidency.
(...)
Later life
He remained active in conservative politics, notably as a council member of the John Birch Society and was widely popular as a speaker, appearing on various TV and radio programs and delivering more than 1,500 speeches between 1947 and 1994.

He was known for a great sense of humor: in some circles he was called “a modern-day Will Rogers,” in others “the barefoot wit of the John Birch Society.”

25 December 1960, Augusta (GA) Chronicle, pg. 4-A, col. 3:
Tom Anderson
“‘What are you FOR?’ Publisher answers question for his critics
(The following is a column by publisher Tom Anderson in the November issue of Farm and Ranch magazine.)
(Col. 4—ed.)
For the inequality of man, since equal men are not free and free men are not equal.

5 April 1961, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Birch Society Official Cites Red Timetable: Publisher Tells Freedom Club Audience He Favors Giving Red China Our Seat in U.N.,” pg. 24:
“Equal men are not free and free men are not equal,” Thomas J. Anderson, farm journal publisher and member of the John Birch Society’s national council, declared here Tuesday night.

Google Books
The Conservative Political Action Handbook
By Kent Courtney and Phoebe Courtney
New Orleans, LA: Conservative Society of America
1962
Pg. 40:
Free men are not equal; and equal men are not free.
-- Tom Anderson

23 April 1963, The Evening News (Newburgh, NY), “Glace Sees Little Difference Between Socialism, Communism,” pg. 6A, col. 5:
Equal men are not free, and free men are not equal. Men will forever search for freedom, and, therefore, as we are all unequal, inequality will result.
(Letter by Walter F. Glace of Newburgh—ed.)

Daily Paul
Free men are not equal and equal men are not free!
Submitted by turling on Sat, 06/13/2009 - 18:54
in Daily Paul Liberty Forum
Thomas Jefferson said All men are created equal...but we are all different! We are equal in only in 3 ways-before the law, in our rights and before God. Outside of that we are absolutely different! Talents, income, hobbies, tastes, looks, abilities, and on...in a free society we are all not equal.

Google Books
Will the Real Israel Please Stand Up!:
How Christians Are Robbed of Their Heritage

By James N. Jester
Xlibris Corporation (Xlibris.com)
2011
Pg. 210:
“Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.” National Youth Alliance, 1969

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