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  •  You still haven't explained how defects, as Marx (1+ / 0-)
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    calls (what you call) meritocratic principles can be something he was interested in as the foundation of a new society. In the preceding paragraph of the Critique, Marx writes that making the distributional rights "proportional to the labor they supply" (original emphasis) "tacitly recognizes unequal individual endowment, and thus productive capacity, as a natural privilege. It is, therefore, a right of inequality, in its content[.]" This does not read to me like an endorsement of meritocratic principles, which in the very next paragraph Marx calls "defects."

    Nor is this a uniquely Marxist perspective. John Rawls, observing that the distribution of natural assets--what Marx called "unequal individual endowment"-- is arbitrary, writes in A Theory of Justice "no one deserves his place in the natural distribution of assets any more than he deserves his initial starting place in society."

    Without having to get to socialism (although not inimical, I think, to social democracy), much less a higher stage of communism, Rawls presents justice as fairness as a frameowork for reconciling, in lexical order, liberty, a fair equality of opportunity, and the difference principle.

    Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

    by another American on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:10:21 AM PDT

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    •  As I read it (2+ / 0-)
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      giving incentives to build socialism was for Marx only a temporary measure.

      "It takes great courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." Oscar Wilde

      by Cassiodorus on Tue May 14, 2013 at 08:54:35 AM PDT

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      •  Incentives, at least as (0+ / 0-)

        I understand them, do not equal an endorsement of, or interest to found society on, meritocratic principles. But we may have taken this conversation as far as it can go.

        Shalom v' salaam; peace and wholeness

        by another American on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:07:18 AM PDT

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