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Volume 22  Number 1  •  Summer 2017
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The Misuse of Egalitarianism in Society
By James R. Otteson Jr.
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of The Independent Review

Does the existence of brute luck—chance events and circumstances that are beyond a person’s control—support the case for trying to make society more egalitarian? Arguments for ‘luck egalitarianism’ are woefully incomplete unless they sufficiently address (1) the role of choice in shaping outcomes, (2) the difficulty of crafting policies that promote egalitarian goals, and (3) the likelihood that even well-crafted policies would not work out as envisioned.

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Other Independent Review articles by James R. Otteson Jr.
    Fall 2012   The Moral Foundation of Economic Behavior
    Winter 2011   Why Not Socialism?
    Winter 2009   Kantian Individualism and Political Libertarianism
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