The Issue Of Distributive Justice

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The issue of distributive justice and the question of whether it should be up to the possessor to do what they please with the money and property that they earn, inherit, or otherwise acquire has long been one of the most contentious political issues. This issue has been the cause of countless revolutions and was one of the key differences between the powers in the Cold War. While this question is often viewed in black and white terms, in reality the answer to this question is not simple and straightforward.
During the Cold War the economic views of communism, associated with the Soviet Union, and capitalism, associated with the United States and other western bloc nations, were generally viewed in black and white terms. Policies that advocated the redistribution of wealth, but were not actually communist, nevertheless tended to be associated with communism. Despite the fall of the Soviet Union, this association continues to be made, especially in the United States (Maltsev and Skaskiw 54). However, the communism of the Soviet Union was not a perfect example of the fair redistribution of wealth, nor was the United States without policies that redistributed wealth (Beckert 189; Buchanan 168). As such, an association with communism and the Soviet Union is not a truly valid reason for one to reject any policy that redistributes wealth.
Oftentimes, redistribution of wealth and restrictions on how an individual can use their wealth is necessary, in order to bring about more…
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