Why do bad things happen to people? In the case of natural disasters, most people would agree that if a hurricane destroys your house, you did nothing to deserve it. If you live in a city that was affected by such a natural disaster, citizens in other parts of the country should rightly be compelled to help you out.
But what if disaster strikes your city in a different form -- mismanagement? The idea that you are therefore less deserving of help, Steven Mazie argues in today's lesson, "is the crassest version of the luck-egalitarian idea that while the government should help you out if you fall ill or suffer a freak accident through no fault of your own, you should be held responsible for the consequences flowing from your consciously undertaken decisions."