Cordial and Sanguine, Part 23: War Among the Bleeding Hearts Further Continued By Roderick on April 6, 2012 1 David Friedmans contribution to our Cato Unbound symposium is now up. Ethics, Left-Libertarian, Online Texts
Friedman’s critique that the originalist position is divorced from the utilitarianism of classical liberalism is not quite accurate since John Harsanyi’s formulation is a straight-forward max(utilitarian)one. The Rawls-Harsanyi differences regarding the VOI demonstrated that the VOI lacked a normative risk aversion model(Rawls is infinite risk aversion; Harsanyi zero risk aversion). This problem in part is what led Rawls to eventually try to justify the principles of justice in terms of “Public Reason.”
Frankly, I think any claim that Public Reason is a “gold standard” of social justice is pretty thin and dubious.
My take: “The Social Justice of a Police State”