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Libertarianism without Inequality$
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Michael Otsuka

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243952

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243956.001.0001

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Self‐Ownership and Equality

Self‐Ownership and Equality

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(p.11) Chapter 1 Self‐Ownership and Equality
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DOI:10.1093/0199243956.003.0002

Delineates the nature of a libertarian right of self‐ownership. Assesses Robert Nozick's claim that taxation is on a par with forced labour. Contends that the most defensible version of the Lockean ‘enough and as good’ proviso calls for acquisition of unowned natural resources that is consistent with equality of opportunity for welfare. Argues, contrary to both Nozick and G. A. Cohen, that a robust right of self‐ownership is compatible with this welfare‐egalitarian proviso across a wide range of circumstances.

Keywords:   G. A. Cohen, egalitarianism, equality of opportunity for welfare, forced labour, libertarianism, John Locke, Lockean proviso, Robert Nozick, self‐ownership, taxation

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