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Single Idea 21040

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 3. Social Equality / d. Economic equality]

Full Idea

The libertarian view of distributive justice is a free market with formal equality of opportunity. The meritocratic view is a free market with fair equality of opportunity.

Gist of Idea

Libertarians just want formal equality in a free market; the meritocratic view wants fair equality


Michael J. Sandel (Justice: What's the right thing to do? [2009], 06)

Book Reference

Sandel,Michael J.: 'Justice: what's the right thing to do?' [Penguin 2010], p.157

A Reaction

The obvious question is what has to be done, by intervention, to make the market fair. There are two major rival views of equality here. Is the starting point fair, and is the race itself fair?