Unjust and Unfair Society
We live in a world with freedom of speech and everyone is said to be treated equally. We have the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence which protects us. Even with that I believe that our society is not fair and just; as well as not as democratic as we like to believe. Thomas Jefferson, Cady Stanton, and John Rawls has different prospective of what a just society is. There are many phenomena that leads to the democracy’s potential for a lesser democratic institutions. In fact, using John Rawls’ Theory of Justice, our society is unjust and unfair because of unequal education, unequal distributions of taxes and unequal applications of laws. Rawls theory goes up against utilitarianism. Utilitarianism argues that justice is that which brings the most happiness or goodness to the biggest amount of people. Rawls had two purposes for his justice theory. They were to define the appropriate distribution of the benefits and burdens and provide a way of assigning rights and duties in the basic institutions of society. A right would be something a person has such as, the right to free speech or the right to practice a religion. These rights can be considered benefits. Rawls says that justice entails providing a way of assigning rights and duties in basic institutions. The way we provide these rights are through voting. Rawls values a system that creates a fair and just society without bias towards those who have a big say in creating it.
Our system is only distantly related to Rawls theory of justice. In my opinion, individuals and particularly politicians are very aware of their place in society and make most of their decisions on governmental issues based on furthering those personal goals and ambitions. Most all decisions that are made in the political arena are made with an eye toward self-advancement by those making them. In today’s society, everyone is given a chance to go to school, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that...
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