Single Idea 18640

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 4. Free market]

Full Idea

Not everyone who favours the free market is a libertarian, for they do not all share the libertarian view that the free market is inherently just.

Gist of Idea

Libertarians like the free market, but they also think that the free market is just


Will Kymlicka (Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn) [1990], 4.1.a)

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy (1st edn)' [OUP 1992], p.95

A Reaction

Illuminating. It would appear that exploitation is possible within a strictly free market, so it seems unlikely that free markets are inherently just (unless you don't acknowledge that 'exploitation' is wrong).