Classical liberals have made valid criticisms of the term social justice, but they should be more sympathetic to the quest to reduce certain kinds of group disparities, especially ones that stem from rent-preserving barriers to entry. Those barriers include narratives that raise the cost of replacing general societal rules that favor a given coalition of interests.

Vincent J. Geloso is an assistant professor of economics at George Mason University who obtained his Ph.D. in economic history from the London School of Economics.
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Phillip W. Magness is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and David J. Theroux Chair in Political Economy
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Other Independent Review articles by Vincent J. Geloso
Summer 2017 Inequality: First, Do No Harm
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Fall 2023 Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto
Winter 2022/23 The Hyperpoliticization of Higher Ed: Trends in Faculty Political Ideology, 1969–Present
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