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Free Market Fairness

John Tomasi


Can libertarians care about social justice? This book argues that they can and should. Drawing simultaneously on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F. A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls, the book presents a new theory of liberal justice. This theory, free market fairness, is committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor. Unlike traditional libertarians, the book argues that property rights are best defended not in terms of self-ownership or economic efficiency but as requirements of democratic legitimacy. At the sam ... More

Keywords: social justice, economic liberty, liberal justice, free market fairness, property rights, democratic legitimacy, distribution, politics, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691144467
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691144467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Tomasi, author
Brown University