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The Veil of Opulence

Benjamin Hale (Boulder) writes for the NY Times here.

Nowadays, the veil of ignorance is challenged by a powerful but ancient contender: the veil of opulence. While no serious political philosopher actually defends such a device — the term is my own — the veil of opulence runs thick in our political discourse. Where the veil of ignorance offers a test for fairness from an impersonal, universal point of view — “What system would I want if I had no idea who I was going to be, or what talents and resources I was going to have?” — the veil of opulence offers a test for fairness from the first-person, partial point of view: “What system would I want if I were so-and-so?” These two doctrines of fairness — the universal view and the first-person view — are both compelling in their own way, but only one of them offers moral clarity impartial enough to guide our policy decisions.

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One response to “The Veil of Opulence

  1. India March 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    allora non hai capito che un cristiano deve essere di sinistra, di destra, di centro … perchè deve partecipare alla vita politica del suo paese, ne#17l82l&;arco parlamentare se questo è democratico e non ponendosi fuori di esso.Quindi la tua affermazioni di sopra è errata.

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