Rawls and Bleeding Heart Libertarianism
How Well Do They Mix?
By Nicolás Maloberti
In 1971, Harvard University philosopher John Rawls put forth an innovative argument for the welfare state, but today a new crop of thinkers invokes Rawls to justify a libertarian society. Their project is intriguing, but it is doubtful that these self-described bleeding heart libertarians can count on a Rawlsian framework to provide robust support for inviolable liberty.
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