A brief response to Will on Rawls:
What is wrong with Rawls’ discussion of justice is that he neglects to realize that any form of distributive justice is disrespectful of the person to whom goods are being distributed at the expense of others. Note, I’m not saying it is unjust to the person who is forced to give something up unwillingly, which it is, but that the person to whom those goods are given is being morally demoted to the status of a thief. If I were the worst off behind Rawls’ ”veil of ignorance” I would want people to treat me with respect. I would not want society to rob me of whatever little bit of dignity, self-respect and integrity I may still possess. I would want others to help me because they wanted to. I hope that I would have, or develop, some form of redeeming characteristic that would justify someone’s love, respect, willingness to help, or support. I would be ashamed if someone was forced to help me against their will. The realization that we all are who we are in part due to an accident of birth; that we all could have been one the worst off instead of who we are had things been different, should make us empathetic and giving, not thieves.