Saturday, May 5, 2018

Classical and egalitarian liberalism

Good essay. A teaser:

"Egalitarian liberals [...] argue that taking individualism and merit seriously means eliminating morally arbitrary inequities that enable many to get ahead due to advantages for which they can take no credit."

"Rawls [...] argued from a liberal standpoint that individual merit was a deeply ambiguous and heavily mythologized principle which discriminated against disadvantaged individuals for 'morally arbitrary reasons' which had little to do with merit. Therefore a 'fair' liberal society would adopt robust redistributive policies to compensate for the moral arbitrariness in the distribution of goods."

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