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By S. Birnbaum

Basic source of revenue is one the main leading edge, strong and debatable proposals for addressing poverty and growing to be inequalities. This ebook examines the arguments for and opposed to simple source of revenue from the perspective of monetary and social justice.

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4) and basic autonomy (ch. 5), provides powerful normative resources to save the tentative conclusions of part I from the charge of exploitation. Part III In light of the exploration of the radical-liberal argument for basic income in parts I and II, part III of the book places the issue of feasibility of such ideals in focus. The argument for unconditional wealth sharing is now confronted with questions about the social and economic conditions relied upon to make such a scheme “stable” or “viable,” once in place.

2). Having identified some difficulties of grounding basic income in the difference principle, I then turn to develop a set of arguments for why a basic income strategy seems preferable to approaches that consistently tie the social minimum to work obligations. 4 spell out my Rawlsian grounds for why (a) the promotion of opportunities for meaningful activities and the conditions for nonsubservience of the least advantaged matter in crucial ways to a plausible account of Rawlsian justice and (b) why a basic income regime would do better than its main alternatives within these dimensions.

Wealth sharing). These disagreements on the currency of justice, liberal neutrality, and reciprocity versus wealth sharing are intertwined with a fourth debate revolving on the relation between luck, exploitation, and responsibility. , Arneson 2000; Cohen 1989; Roemer 1994). Given the observation that many (perhaps most) conditions of the real world that determine people’s access to social resources and opportunities (such as one’s early socialization, talents, emotional and intellectual support) seem to be fully beyond our control, this luck-egalitarian position helps justify the strongly egalitarian tendency in Rawls’s project.

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