Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property Owning Democracy

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2017.07.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Alan Thomas, Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property Owning Democracy, Oxford University Press, 2017, 445pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190602116. Reviewed by James Lindley Wilson, University of Chicago In A Theory of Justice, John Rawls claimed that his two principles of justice did not settle who should own the means of production. A society could satisfy the principles through either a capitalist system permitting private ownership of the means of production, or a socialist system in which those means were owned by the state or by workers' cooperatives, as long as the society secured equal basic liberties, fair equality of opportunity, and the satisfaction of the difference principle.[1] In the revised edition of Theory, Rawls made clearer that his defense of the possibility of a just capitalist order was not a defense of "a welfare state": instead, just capitalism required a... Read More

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