December 11, 2006 3:20PM

One More Thought On Rawls

Every form of political theory which focuses on distributive justice misses the point. The whole Rawlsian calculus is wrong because the goal of political theory should not be to improve the lot of the worst off. It actually doesn’t matter what form of economy, laissez‐​faire, socialist, or other, would be best for the worst off. Liberty and respect for others is a moral imperative whether or not it results in a utilitarian net benefit for society from an economic perspective. Wealth is not everything. For one, liberty is a higher good.