Strict equality is called for in the legal sphere of civil freedoms,since — putting aside limitation on freedom as punishment— there is no justification for any exceptions. As follows fromthe principle of formal equality, all citizens of a society must haveequal general rights and duties. These rights and duties have to begrounded in general laws applying to everyone. This is the postulateof legal equality. In addition, the postulate of equal freedom isequally valid: every person should have the same freedom to structurehis or her life, and this in the most far-reaching manner possible ina peaceful and appropriate social order.


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