Rawls Arguments Against The First Principle Of The Justice System

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Rawls would object that having a society with a command economy would take away individuals’ liberty to be “self-governing agents” due to the reduction of basic rights and liberties, thus contradicting his theory of justice (Freeman, p. 51). In a command economy, the government is the sole entity that controls all aspects of the economy, including the allocation of resources. This eliminates the need for markets, thus constricting how goods are transferred between citizens, posing a number of problems for Rawls. Rawls would argue that this goes directly against the first principle of justice, specifically violating the freedoms in the liberty and integrity of the person (Freeman, p. 48). As markets regulate themselves based on supply and demand

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