Advanced Topics in Liberty

Liberty, Equality and Redistribution

Conference for Professionals - January 25-27, 2013

Discussion Leader: Douglas Rasmussen

Session 1: Poverty and Charity before the Welfare State

Beito, David T. From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State: Fraternal Societies and Social Services, 1890–1967. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. “Introduction” (pages 1–4), Chapter 1, “This Enormous Army” (pages 5–16), Chapter 11, “The End of the Golden Age” (pages 204–221), and notes (pages 235–238 and 281–286).

Session 2: The Second Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution

Sunstein, Cass R. The Second Bill of Rights. New York: Basic Books, 2004. Chapter 1, “The Speech of the Century” (pages 9–16), Chapter 2, “The Myth of Laissez–Faire” (pages 17–34), and notes (pages 263–266).

Session 3: Equal Shares or Equal Treatment?

Rawls, John. Collected Papers. Edited by Samuel Freeman. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999. Chapter 13, “A Kantian Conception of Equality (1975)” (pages 254–266).

Schmidtz, David. Elements of Justice. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Chapter 19, “Does Equal Treatment Imply Equal Shares?” (pages 109–113), Chapter 20, “What is Equality for?” (pages 114–119), Chapter 22, “Equality and Opportunity” (pages 126–139), and Chapter 24, “The Limits of Equality” (pages 150–157).

Session 4: Freedom, Coercion, and the Market

Nozick, Robert. Anarchy, State and Utopia. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1974. Selections from Chapter 7, “Distributive Justice” (pages 149–164).

Olsaretti, Serena. Liberty, Desert and the Market: A Philosophical Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. Chapter 6, “The Free Market, Force and Choice: Beyond Libertarians and Their Critics” (pages 137–161).

Session 5: Classical Liberalism, Social Justice, and the Concern for the Poor

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 2: The Mirage of Social Justice [Phoenix Edition]. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1976. Chapter 9, “„Social‟ or Distributive Justice” (pages 62–100) and notes (pages 175–184).

Tomasi, John. Free Market Fairness. Princeton: Princeton University Press, Forthcoming. Chapter 5, “Social Justicities” (pages 98–124).

Session 6: The Logic of Redistribution

Wagner, Richard E. To Promote the General Welfare –– Market Processes vs. Political Transfers. San Francisco: Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy, 1989. Chapter 8, “The Transfer Society and the Welfare State” (pages 155–178) and Chapter 9, “The Welfare State versus the General Welfare” (pages 179–198).