John Rawls and Equality

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Equality stands side by side with no contingencies. To be truly equal there has to be no disadvantages. A society cannot have equality when arbitrary hinders its growth. John Rawls a philosopher of egalitarianism believes that an equal society is essential to its productivity. It is not fair for moral Arbitrariness to have superiority over the less fortunate in justice and the free market. There should be opportunities given to start at the same starting point regardless of status quo. Everyone has an opinion on equality which fairly is their own. An opinion is just an opinion base on what the individual believe is right by how they feel. What if you could strip away outside inferences, opinions and see equality for what it is. The …show more content…
In equality, no one fundamental right should be sacrifice for social and economical benefits. How can the constitution ensure equality? They can do so by implementing the veil of ignorance in a social contract between the government and citizens. The government provides society with things that benefits way of life. For example, the roads, the police force and post offices. Therefore paying taxes is reciprocity of a moral contract that is not agreed upon by both parties but because benefited from; what the government provides makes it a binding contract. However, most contract falls short of the ideals of autonomy and reciprocity base on a given situation, moral consent does not have to be required. Consent is not sufficient for a moral contract all the time because it may not be fair. Michael Sandel gave the scenario of the elderly widow that went into a contract with consent to pay $50,000 for a leaky toilet. Even though it was with her consent it was not fair. It would only be fair to pay $50,000 for a leaky toilet if it was made from gold (hypothetical speaking). Contracts should be exchange of equal or comparable benefits. No one wants to be coerced into anything but with justice the hypothetical contract is with consent base on the benefit the government continues to provide society with. Equality in the constitution ensured fairness and equal benefit not by moral Arbitrariness but for autonomy and reciprocity to be the root to give equal justice.
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