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The Right to ExploitParasitism, Scarcity, and Basic Income$
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Gijs Van Donselaar

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140392

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140392.001.0001

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Clamshell Rent? Use, Usurpation, and Usury

Clamshell Rent? Use, Usurpation, and Usury

(p.101) Chapter 4 Clamshell Rent? Use, Usurpation, and Usury
The Right to Exploit

Gijs van Donselaar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a theory of justice in original acquisition in which the interests of all those involved in, and affected by, the initial distribution of resources play a very significant determining role. It focuses on Ronald Dworkin's theory of justice that is known as “equality of resources.” It is argued that his approach will not avoid the clash with the moral objection against parasitic relations. The journey towards that conclusion is roundabout, via Philippe Van Parijs and his advocacy of a radical reconstruction of the welfare state.

Keywords:   theory of justice, original acquisition, Ronald Dworkin, parasitic relations, Philippe Van Parijs, welfare state, equality of resources

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