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OPINION: The Socialist Critique – What It Is and Why We Need It

The “S” Word Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the economy – a topic that is bound to receive considerable attention this election season. In explaining why GDP and wage growth are not what they might be, both parties can … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage, the Constitution, and the Long Fight for Popular Control Over the Economy

On April 4, the governors of California and New York signed off on legislation raising their state’s minimum wages to $15 per hour. While the public may disagree about the merits of this measure and what the cumulative effects will be, there … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders: Naive Purist or Pragmatic Legislator?

A persistent theme in the Democratic primary contest is that the race is between Hillary Clinton, the pragmatist, and Bernie Sanders, the purist – images that the candidates have both acquired and themselves actively nourished. Clinton has referred to herself as … Continue reading

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Justifying Egalitarianism: G.A. Cohen’s Socialist Critique of John Rawls’ Liberalism

In 1999, President Bill Clinton praised the philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) – who had just received the National Humanities Medal – for his contributions to liberal political thought. Clinton applauded Rawls for having “placed our rights to liberty and justice … Continue reading

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Can the U.S. Sustain Bernie Sanders’ Dream of Scandinavian-Style Socialism?

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has not been shy about his vision for America. As a democratic socialist, Sanders looks fondly upon the Scandinavian countries, such as Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, where there are generous welfare states that provide virtually free … Continue reading

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Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Libertarianism and Socialism to Ensure True Equality of Opportunity

Moral Luck, Constitutive Luck Luck plays a tremendous role in our lives. Consider two people who are texting while driving in a residential neighborhood: one such driver, through sheer coincidence, ends up striking a pedestrian, while the other driver passes through without incident. … Continue reading

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Will Americans Vote for a Socialist Candidate?

Since U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I – Vt.) announced his campaign for the presidency, considerable attention has been paid to his avowed socialism. On the Sunday after his announcement, he appeared on ABC’s This Week, where the host, George Stephanopoulos, asked, “Is it … Continue reading

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