New PDF release: Classical Liberalism: The Unvanquished Ideal

By David Conway (auth.)

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Accordingly, our final verdict on Rawls must be that he has failed to provide any reason for preferring a modem to a classical liberal form of order. 3 IMPARTIALITY, INEQUALITIES OF SACRIFICE, AND LEGITIMACY A more recent attempt to indict the liberal order for the inequalities permitted within it has been made by Thomas Nagel. 18 Nagel argues against such a form of order even when it incorporates a guaranteed minimum. What is said morally to force upon us a still more egalitarian order is our being able to view the world in two different ways.

They also inspired much reform in Britain in the nineteenth century. However, today, neither society comes close to being a liberal polity as classical liberals conceive of one. Both contain far too much legislation and regulation restrictive of the liberty of members. Among such is all that which authorizes the government to impose taxes so as to create a far higher degree of material equality than would otherwise exist. All taxation for such redistributive purposes amounts to interference with what would otherwise be the spontaneous distributive outcome of the voluntary transactions between individuals.

Accordingly, it follows, on Dworkin's view, that any form of order such as that advocated by classical liberals, which tolerates such forms of inequality, cannot be morally legitimate. Modern Liberalism 41 Market allocations must be corrected in order to bring some people closer to the share of resources they would have had but for these various differences of initial advantage, luck, and inherent capacity. 28 For government to treat its citizens as equals ... resources and opportunities should be distributed, so far as possible, equally, so that roughly the same share of whatever is available is directed to satisfying the ambitions of each.

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