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Tom Elgar's Insights

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What should be our governing principles?

Two sides have inarguable 'right' on their side:

On one side: protecting the poor from themselves is patronising and an excuse for many of the C20th's most appalling acts.

On the other: people need to be protected from their better connected, better informed and better resourced 'rich' compatriots.

I'm no political philosopher but John Rawls set out the first principles - what are we even trying to do?

The First Principle of Justice "each person is to have an equal right to the most extensive basic liberty compatible with a similar liberty for others.” The Second Principle of Justice Social and economic inequalities are to be arranged so that: (a) they are to be of the greatest benefit to the least-advantaged members of society... (b) offices and positions must be open to everyone under conditions of fair equality of opportunity


john rawls, social justice, rights

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