A Lockean argument for Black reparations

Journal of Ethics 7 (1):63-91 (2003)
This is a defense of blackreparations using the theory of reparations setout in John Locke''s The Second Treatise ofGovernment. I develop two mainarguments, what I call the ``inheritanceargument'''' and the ``counterfactual argument,''''both of which have been thought to fail. In nocase do I appeal to the false ideas that presentday United States citizens are guilty ofslavery or must pay reparation simply becausethe U.S. Government was once complicit in thecrime.
Keywords compensation  John Locke  reparation  right of inheritance  Jeremy Waldron
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