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A Theory of Global Justice. Göran Collste. 1. Last time…. 1. Rawls A Theory of Justice .. two principles… 2. Political Liberalism ; justice in plural societies…”overlapping consensus”. 3. The Law of Peoples : a theory of global justice…

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1 last time
1. Last time…

  • 1. Rawls A Theory of Justice.. two principles…

  • 2. Political Liberalism;

  • justice in plural societies…”overlapping consensus”


  • 3. The Law of Peoples: a theory of global justice…

  • or rather a theory of decent international relations…

  • Critique:

  • Rawls does not include the Difference principle

  • because:

  • (1) each society has its own potential to realise justice

  • (2) it is based on individualism – a liberal notion of human nature

  • (3) global inequality is based on people’s own decisions (p 117)


2 today a theory of global justice
2. Today : A theory of global justice

  • Global distributive justice (GDJ)

  • Global rectificatory justice (GRJ)


Global distributive justice gdj
Global Distributive Justice (GDJ)

  • John Locke (1632-1704)

  • The earth ”is given to mankind in common” and eachindividual is by God given equal rights to employ the creation

  • If ”there is enough and as goodleft in common for others” – the proviso

  • Combines GRJ and GDJ


Gdj as a consequence of globalisation
GDJ as a consequence of Globalisation

  • Processes and relations (social, economic, political, cultural etc) that are

  • 1)transcending national borders, that

  • 2)link distant places and peoples and that

  • 3)are spontaneous rather than the result of political decisions.

    “A Global Village” – is it just?


Global distributive justice
Global Distributive justice

  • A Rawlsian (but not Rawls’s) theory of GDJ

  • The hypothetical device of a social contract is then transferred from a nation to the world as a whole. Representatives of the world’s population deliberate on the appropriate principles of justice behind a “veil of ignorance”


Global distributive justice1
Global Distributive Justice

  • 1) A principle of respect for universal basic human rights

  • 2) A principle of democratic legitimacy of global governance, and

  • 3) A principle of equal distribution of social goods unless an unequal distribution is to the benefit of the least advantaged.


Gillian Brock: Global Justice. A Cosmopolitan Account

  • Imagine a global conference – UN? “What would be a fair framework for interactions and relations among the world’s inhabitants?”

  • Principles.

  • -satisfaction of basic needs

  • -protection of basic freedoms

  • - fair reciprocity

  • -fair ownership of resources

  • - just distribution: maximizing floor income



Arguments against gdj
Arguments against GDJ

  • C1 There are significantdifferencesbetween a nation and the world

  • C2 There is no global basicstructure

  • C3 Global justice is utopian


“ We acknowledge the suffering caused by colonialism and affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”


Global justice debate
Global Justice debate affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • Global distributive justice (Beitz, Pogge, Tan, Brock, Caney, Miller, Nagel...)

  • ...justice and the history of global relations?


Grj the history of colonialism
GRJ: The history of Colonialism affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • 15 – 20th century…

  • Flew of resources from colonies to Europe/America

  • raw materials (mines, farms…)

  • people (slaves…)

  • Adjustment of economies and borders…

  • Political and economic structures of dependence


The world 1895 affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • Image

  • File history

  • File links


Aristotles on rectificatory justice
Aristotles on rectificatory justice affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”


Robert nozick s entitlement theory
Robert Nozick’s entitlement theory affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • A person is entitled to his or her property provided that it is acquired in a just way. Hence, property rights depend on justice in acquisition and justice in transfer


Moral force of global rectificatory justice
Moral force of affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”global rectificatory justice

Assume that I live a life in prosperity and welfare. My next door neighbour, on the other hand, lives in poverty and misery. Let us also assume that many years ago my grandparents stole the land from my present neighbour’s grandparents and our present difference in welfare is related to this historical fact. Then, it seems that my neighbour with good reasons could demand to get a part of my land or income, and thus, that I have some moral obligations to my neighbour. And these obligations are generated by the acts of my forefather.


A case for global rectificatory justice
A affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”case for global rectificatory justice?

  • The argument depends on the following premises:

  • 1) there is a moral obligation to rectify the consequences of wrongful acts,

  • 2) colonialism was on the whole harmful for the colonies,

  • 3) the present unjust global structure was constituted by colonialism, and

  • 4) the obligation of rectificatory justice is trans-generational so long as there are at present identifiable beneficiaries and victims of past injustice


Controversial assumptions
Controversial assumptions affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • First, it assumes that colonialism implied that injustices were made against the colonies.

  • Secondly, it assumes that this historical injustice has left morally relevant traces in the present, i.e. that the present poverty in the developing world is a consequence of colonialism.

  • Third, rectification depend on some intractable counterfactual assumptions - how would the colonies have fared if colonialism never had happened.


Problems with grj
Problems with GRJ affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • Can responsibility be trans-generational?

  • Yes, “Injustice done to individuals who are no longer alive may constrain present distributions only if it has left morally relevant traces in the present” (Elster)


Injustice of colonialism
Injustice affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.” of colonialism

  • Slavery

  • Moving Populations movement

  • Economic dominance

  • Famines

  • Degradation

  • Humiliation

  • Dependence

  • Extermination of domestic religion, culture

  • Invasions

  • Human rights violations

  • Genocide


Different region’s amount of the world GNP (%): affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”


Why nations fail
Why affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.” Nations Fail

  • ”But this chapter has also shown that in several instances the extractive institutions that underpinned the poverty of these nations were imposed, or at the very least further strengthened, by the very same process that fueled European growth…”

  • Acemoglu and Robinson


What is the counterfactual alternative
What affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.” is the counterfactual alternative?

  • You walk in the forest and meet a young man who lives there in the wilderness. He is poor and barely survives. You tell him that he can work for you. You employ him but pay a meager wage and force him to work at least 12 hours a day under poor conditions. After having worked for you for almost all his life, when he gets old he is able to work for himself. You profited from his work but he did not get any education, and health care just to keep him alive when working for you. As a consequence, his life as a free person is miserable. When he blames you that you did not help to prepare him for this situation and demand that you compensate him, you respond that he anyway got a better life working for you than he would have had in the wilderness. Thus, there is no reason for blame or compensation. Is your response justified?


Grj and forgiveness
GRJ and Forgiveness affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • “Forgive me for X!”

  • “Yes, I forgive you for X ”

  • Tacit conditions:

  • (1) You regret X,

  • (2) You will not continue doing X

  • (3) If possible, you will compensate for X


Grj and reconciliation
GRJ and Reconciliation affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • There is a conflict between A and B

  • A and B have the intentions to overcome the conflict

  • A and B have similar views of the reasons behind the conflict

  • When the conflict is asymmetrical (A is dominant and B is inferior) – the goal is to achieve equality.

  • How is reconciliation for colonialism done?


Rectification before reconciliation
Rectification before reconciliation affirm that, wherever and whenever it occurred, it must be condemned and its reoccurrence prevented. We further regret that the effects and persistence of these structures and practices have been among the factors contributing to lasting social and economic inequalities in many parts of the world today…call on those who have not yet contributed to restoring the dignity of the victims to find appropriate ways to do so.”

  • Necessary for both forgiveness and reconciliation;

  • Symbolic: “I apologize!”

  • Material: A will transfer resources to B (in proportion to past wrongs?)

  • Forward-looking: A will aid B to prosper in the future (aid, trade, debts, power...)

  • “The direct concern of restorative justice is the moral quality of future relations between those who have done, allowed, or benefited from wrong and those harmed, deprived, or insulted by it.” Margret Walker



Implications
Implications? theory of global rectificatory justice? Does it add anything substantial to a theory of global distributive justice

  • Of Global Rectificatory Justice?

  • Of Global Distributive Justice?


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