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Distributing Luck

The Big Idea for Wednesday, June 19, 2013

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 of Us
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  2. 2 The One Economic Policy America Truly Needs
    Daniel Altman Econ201
  3. 3 The Problem With Rich Kids
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  4. 4 Matt Miller on the Virtues of Meritocracy
    Matt Miller

Distributing Luck

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