Sandel Chapter 3 Reading Guide (1)

Sandel Chapter 3 Reading Guide (1) - Sandel Chapter 3 Do we...

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Sandel Chapter 3 Do we own ourselves? Libertarianism ______________________________ Name A utilitarian thinks that the right thing to do is whatever produces the greatest amount of happiness for the most people. On the other hand, a libertarian thinks that we must never violate anyone’s “rights —even if doing so would increase overall happiness. We each have a right to live our lives as we choose provided our actions never interfere with the rights of others to live their lives as they see fit. A classic concern that libertarians object to is redistribution of wealth. The U.S. has the greatest _______________ inequality of any other democracy in the world (1 percent of Americans own over thirty percent of the wealth). Utilitarians believe taxing the rich to help the poor helps maximize happiness for the greater number of people. Libertarians object to this redistribution characterizing it as a __________ ________ scenario. Two objections are lodged. The first objection is the claim that if we tax rich folks heavily, we would demotivate them from working hard,
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