2012年2月20日星期一

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来自Arnold Kling

[I]f you want to lay some politica philosophy on me, you have to draw a clear distinction between "society" and "the state." Consider:

a) I want to live in a society were people donate generously to charities that are supposed to help the disadvantaged.

b) I want to live in a state that taxes people heavily to support programs that are supposed to help the disadvantaged.

I see those as separate statements. You are welcome to argue that (a) is impossible and (b) is the only realistic way to live in a compassionate society. But if you don't even bother to make the distinction in order to make the argument, and instead you conflate society with the state, you have a non-starter as far as I'm concerned.

此文涉及罗尔斯, about whom 我正好和韩乾等几位老师有个小范围讨论

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  1. 有多少Libertarians曾经bother过去区分如下两种社会?
    (a)society where people voluntarily refrain from killing each other
    (b)state that threatens people with severe punishment to prevent them from killing each other
    另外,罗尔斯在正义论第38节里谈到Hobbes thesis的那一段,恰恰就可以视为是在论证(a) is impossible and (b) is the only realistic way to live in a compassionate(just)society

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