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Real Freedom for All

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Capitalist societies are full of unacceptable inequalities. Freedom is of paramount importance. These two convictions are widely shared across the world, yet they seem to be completely contradictory with each other. Fighting inequality jeopardizes freedom, and taking freedom seriously boosts inequality. Can this conflict be resolved? In this ground-breaking book, Philippe ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 27th 1997 by OUP Oxford (first published May 25th 1995)
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Otto Lehto
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Van Parijs's book is, first of all, a highly detailed work of analytical political philosophy in the Rawlsian social liberal tradition. And it is also one of the most important contemporary defences of the old idea of "guaranteed minimumn income" or "basic income" (a variant of this theme is the Friedmanian "negative income tax"). It lays the groundwork for why we need such a proposal.

Basic income means an unconditional (usually monthly) cash grant given to all citizens of a country, irrespectiv
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
van P. advocates what he calls "real libertarianism." but it's neither Left libertarian nor Right libertarian but a form of liberal capitalism. His main idea is to provide an unconditional basic indome, that is, whether one works or not. This is his interpretation of "positive libertary", as providing resources to people to pursue their own path. But his proposal is unworkable because (1) if capitalists control the means of production, they will have resources and influence to diminish or elimin ...more
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this is by my uncle, i have never successfully read the whole thing, BUT THIS AUTUMN I AM GOING TO TRY
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One of Philippe Van Parijs' most important books, in which he argues for his political theory of universal unconditional basic income... An interesting book! ...more
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