A society that puts equality – in the sense of equality of outcome – ahead of freedom, will end up with neither equality or freedom.
The use of force to achieve equality will destroy freedom.
On the other hand, a society that puts freedom first will, as a happy by-product, end up with both greater freedom and greater equality. Freedom means diversity but also mobility. It preserves the opportunity for today’s less well off to become tomorrow’s rich, and in the process, enables almost everyone, from top to bottom, to enjoy a richer and fuller life.