Sunday, January 29, 2006

Bush = Rawls

Matthew Yglesias opines:
But meritocracy is a bad thing and we shouldn't be complacent about inequality. Better social insurance and better provision of basic social services (America's libraries, parks, subways, etc. are all messed up, as are a shockingly large proportion of our urban sidewalks and streets) is part of the answer, but ultimately inadquate. There's nothing wrong with a little income redistribution, but this is hard to achieve and sustain on a massive basis over time. The best answer is what John Rawls called "property owning democracy", measures designed to disperse ownership of capital.
"Ownership society," anyone?

3 Comments:

Blogger Isaac said...

Well, yeah. But you can't confuse rhetoric with the actual proposals, right? You could also construe the "ownership society," based on name alone, to be some sort socialism where everyone has a share of the state-owned means of production.

Yet that isn't what Bush proposes, which is again probably not what Rawls is proposing. Though you're probably making a joke and not to be taken seriously.

11:03 PM  
Blogger henry said...

Yeah, I mean, I wasn't too serious.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Battlepanda said...

Read this.

5:46 PM  

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