Freedom of occupational choice

Ratio 21 (4):440-453 (2008)
Authors
Michael Otsuka
London School of Economics
Abstract
Cohen endorses the coercive taxation of the talented at a progressive rate for the sake of realizing equality. By contrast, he denies that it is legitimate for the state to engage in the 'Stalinist forcing' of people into one or another line of work in order to bring about a more egalitarian society. He rejects such occupational conscription on grounds of the invasiveness of the gathering and acting upon information regarding people's preferences for different types of work that would be required to implement such a policy. More precisely, Cohen maintains that the presence versus the absence of such intrusion explains why such Stalinist forcing of the talented is unacceptable whereas the progressive taxation of their income is legitimate. I argue that Cohen's appeal to invasiveness does not adequately capture the moral repugnance of the state's conscripting people into work at a given occupation. I propose that a right to self-ownership, and that which explains such a right, provides a better explanation than Cohen's of why Stalinist forcing is objectionable, whereas progressive taxation is not. 1
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9329.2008.00412.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 35,829
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Occupational Choice and the Egalitarian Ethos.Paula Casal - 2013 - Economics and Philosophy 29 (1):3-20.
The Inegalitarian Ethos: Incentives, Respect, and Self-Respect.E. McTernan - 2013 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 12 (1):93-111.
Justice and Taxation.Daniel Halliday - 2013 - Philosophy Compass 8 (12):1111-1122.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
48 ( #134,741 of 2,293,762 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #411,043 of 2,293,762 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature