Pattern Theories and The Proviso
Definition of pattern theories:
Theories about the distribution of scarce resources that are future directed. Look towards the
ideal future and ask if the distribution will lead to that.
- Moral Merit – is it the most virtuous people who have the resources?
- Shoe Size
How patterns are upset and are upset by liberty.
T1 (time) T2
Equality - free choice - Inequality
The only way to avoid this, you must restrict free choice, therefore it is wrong.
Isn’t Crosby entitles to all the money he now has?
Why he’s not:
1) The poor need the money more than he does.
The response: Maybe, but this does not justify stealing from him. Instead, try to persuade
him to give to charity.
2) Crosby does not play alone, hundreds of people are responsible for his success.
The response: these people have all agreed to be paid fair market-based compensation for
3) Because Crosby is just lucky to have the talents he does, he does not “own” them at all.
The response: this is a dangerous thought.
If my appropriation of a good makes anyone worse off than they would have been had I not acted