The Morality of Price/Quality and Ethical Consumerism

Res Publica (forthcoming)
Abstract
In his “Is Ethical Consumerism an Impermissible Form of Vigilantism?” Waheed Hussain claims that ethical consumers are subject to democratic requirements of morality, whereas ordinary price/quality consumers are exempt from these requirements. In this paper, we demonstrate that Hussain’s position is incoherent, does not follow from the arguments he offers for it, and entails a number of counterintuitive consequences.
Keywords Ethical Consumerism  Price/Quality consumerism  Democratic Ideals  Pareto Improvements  Hussein
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