June 19

21st Century Living

Wednesday’s Big Idea

Distributing Luck

In today's lesson, Steven Mazie examines the "luck egalitarian” belief that people should not have to suffer through circumstances like hurricane flooding that are beyond their control, but should be held responsible for the ramifications of their choices.

As Mazie points out, this philosophy does not work in the context of policy-making in a political society: we shouldn’t leave people on the side of the road to die even though it was their stupid decision to fiddle with their Google Glass while barreling down the highway at 70 mph.

So what exactly is our responsibility then, and how exactly should we go about sharing luck with others?

  1. 1 What the Fortunate Owe the Rest o...
  2. 2 The One Economic Policy America T...
  3. 3 The Problem With Rich Kids
  4. 4 Matt Miller on the Virtues of Mer...
   
  1. What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us

    What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us

    Spreading luck around isn't as easy as it sounds.

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  2. The One Economic Policy America Truly Needs

    The One Economic Policy America Truly Needs

    Americans are unhappy about just one thing: the erosion of our meritocracy.

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  3. The Problem With Rich Kids

    The Problem With Rich Kids

    For the most part, your chances of success in life are a function of the circumstances of your birth.

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  4. Matt Miller on the Virtues of Meritocracy

    Matt Miller on the Virtues of Meritocracy

    The idea that the US has an economic meritocracy is a fallacy, the author says.

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