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RIGHT SOCIAL JUSTICE

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For decades, Social Justice has been trumpeted as the means of assisting the 'downtrodden'. Rarely have any of its proponents proved that it is other than an egalitarian ideology, without an analytical base. Assisting the 'poor' may be a 'good thing' but only if programs to aid them are effective and only if others are not made poor in the process. Too often, either the policy prescription or the analyses of the social problem, or indeed both, are blinded by the ideology of social justice. The purpose of the book is to assist those wedded to the principles of social justice, of whom there are many, to understand that helping the poor is not straightforward. There are many counterintuitive schemes to help the poor; they have little to do with the right to income transfers. Indeed, most people have a non-egalitarian conception of fairness, based on merit and effort, with equality running a poor third. In these cases, social justice is seen as a form of insurance, not a right. Social justice often overplays its hand; this book is a chance to find better ways to help the poor.

Item 9078: RIGHT SOCIAL JUSTICE By GARY JOHNS

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