Monday, February 09, 2009

Weaving A Jumper From Your Own Hair

Lampooned, here.

Or, more seriously, if we're thinking about rules which apply to large groups of people across long periods of time, shall we perhaps think about some cases of rules which apply to large groups of people across long periods of time? To put it another way, stealing from Jo Wolff, why is that in the luck-egalitarian universe, everyone is self-employed?

2 comments:

badconscience said...

not getting the luck egalitarian reference, please explain?

Rob Jubb said...

One of the characteristics of the kinds of thought-experiments which luck-egalitarianism uses to motivate itself is that they tend to involve only two implicitly autarkic actors, viz. Dworkin's gardener and tennis player example, rather than the much larger groups of people standing in a much greater variety of much more complex relationships that we are actually familiar with in the real world. One way of pointing this out is to say, in the luck-egalitarian universe, everyone is self-employed: rather than standing in the various sorts of relationships we actually stand in - employee, consumer, producer, provider of unpaid domestic labour, etc... - everyone spends their lives either playing tennis or gardening. Exactly who they're playing tennis with is never really clear.