Ignorance and Equality

This short article mentions a few important considerations when discussing equality. What sort of equality is justified? Any, none, or somewhere in between? I say somewhere in between, spurred by a friend’s Facebook status as follows: Equality is the enemy of freedom. A striking quote with some truth to it, but let’s see if we … Read more Ignorance and Equality

Contra the Veil of Ignorance

An argument for income equality has often been based on the moral argument for fairness called the Veil of Ignorance. Originally put forth by John Rawls, this argument holds that equality is fair because it is the social distribution we would find ideal if we were perfectly ignorant.   Four General Disagreements I disagree in … Read more Contra the Veil of Ignorance

Why Redistribution Results in a Weak Economy

The problem is incentives. I work hard and make an A in class. You are lazy and make a D+. The class average is a B. The professor says, “To be fair, next test everyone will simply earn the average. It’s equal that way.”Now I expect to earn a B even if I work hard … Read more Why Redistribution Results in a Weak Economy