Inequalities, Cohen argues, “might indeed challenge the sense of self-worth of those who are at the bottom.” (77) Well, gee whiz. Of course, they challenge their sense of self-worth! They had better! Being at the bottom is precisely a sign of social worthlessness. It means that the poor person is useless to the community. No one cares for the services, if any, that he has to offer to other people, as least not much. He needs to reevaluate his approach to life and work ASAP. Moreover, restoring one’s self-respect is a result of personal achievement and decidedly not of being given looted money for free.
Reading Huemer reminded me of my notes on Rawls and Cohen. Again, if I were behind the veil of ignorance, thinking about what sort of society I’d want to live in, it would occur to