Practical Philosophy Seminar: Jahel Queralt Lange, "The Ballot and the Wallet: Self-Respect and the Fair Value of Political Liberties"
(co-authored with Iñigo Gonzalez Ricoy)
Economic inequalities often translate into disparities in political influence, rendering political liberties less valuable to nonaffluent citizens than to wealthier ones. Concerned with this, Rawls advocated that a guarantee of the fair value of political liberties be included in the first principle of justice as fairness, with significant regulatory and distributive implications. He nonetheless supplied little examination of the content and grounding of this guarantee, which we here offer. After examining three uncompelling arguments in its favor, we complete a more promising yet less explored argument, which builds on the value of self-respect. We first inspect the specific duties that securing self-respect commands. We then look into how the allocation of political liberties and their value bears, expressively and due to the power imbalances it entails, on how citizens perceive each other and on the reciprocal discharging of these duties.