12/10/2019

The No-Demand Principle and Libertarianism

"Common-sense moral intuition is derived from participation in small-scale society, and it often needs to be corrected when we consider large-scale society. For example, common-sense moral intuition might say that it is best to “buy local” rather than import from another country. Economists work very hard to try to persuade people otherwise.

In the matter at hand, supporters of a welfare state could themselves invoke common-sense moral intuition. Someone could say that “My common-sense intuition tells me that if we are stuck playing a game in which the rules work to the advantage of some players and to the disadvantage of others, then we have the right to demand either compensation or a new set of rules.”"