Income Inequality and Justice
gives us a thoughtful and concise reflection on the meaning of justice when it comes to recognizing income inequality. People get confused about the meaning of justice in this regard because our every instinct tells us that justice must be a form of equality. And it is. But what kind of equality? When we are children, for example, getting your "fair share" of the M&Ms means you get the same number (and I mean, exactly
the same number!) as your sister gets. That's clear enough. But life gets more complicated than that when we move past candy. What does equal justice mean with respect to work and income? To what should your income be equal? Should it be equal to your sister's income? Equal to your effort? Equal to the results you produce? Equal to the value your employer places upon it? Baker gives us a good tutorial on the subject that invites further reflection or, as the case may be, a re-adjustment in your point of view.
12:33 PM / February 23, 2011