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Luck-egalitarianism

The Big Idea for Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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."

Perspectives

  1. 1 Should the Federal Government Bail out Detroit?
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  2. 2 If De Tocqueville Could See Us Now
    Ian Buruma
  3. 3 Detroit: The Next American Ghost Town?
    Richard Florida
  4. 4 What the Fortunate Owe the Rest of Us
    Steven Mazie Praxis
 

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