The government should redistribute body parts

Life isn’t fair. Some people are born into wealth, and some are born into poverty. Some have no talent, and some have amazing amounts of talent. Some people are born with disabilities, and some are born perfectly healthy.

These things are not fair, so some feel the need to correct these unfair situations. So without giving us the choice to act morally and help these people, the government forces us to support programs that try to correct these unfair situations (Apparently the government is pushing the ideal that thing should be fair, totalitarianism anyone?).

So they redistribute our wealth, taking from those well-off and giving to those in need. So what about physical disabilities? Same concept isn’t it? Wealth is our private property, just like our body. The government has the authority to take our private property, so why not our body parts. Say that someone is blind, and I was born with great eyesight. This isn’t fair at all. So shouldn’t the government correct this unfairness by taking one of my eyeballs and giving to the blind man? Why not?

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2 Responses to “The government should redistribute body parts”

  1. Your premise misses a fundamental point regarding one of the purposes of redistributive justice. One of the great purposes of redistribution is to avoid the artificial (Man-made) pooling of, say, wealth, in the hands of a few persons to the detriment of the many. Without organized redistribution there are few civilized methods for achieving this goal – revolution may be the only way for the majority to achieve this goal. Pooling of physical talents – or as your point suggests, the pooling of inferior physical qualities – does not easily fit into the claims of redistributive justice. That is because, unlike the artificial pooling of assets and wealth in the hands of slave owners at the expense of slaves (producing inequalities that may persist for generations to come) it is just as likely that the slave’s son, or the slave owner’s son, will be born blind.

  2. lilburtonboy7489 Says:

    @Thomas

    First off, thank you for being one of the first people to ever post an intelligent comment on my blog. It’s very refreshing.

    Second, we come at this from two totally different directions. You talk about avoiding the artificially pooling of wealth. You obviously lean more towards teleological ethics. You are trying to avoid certain results of a situation. You fear the inequalities that may RESULT from zero redistribution of wealth.

    I don’t care about the results. Stealing from some people in order to MAKE people equal, is different than TREATING everyone equal. If inequalities are the result of everyone being treated equally, then so be it. Results cannot come under ethical judgement, only the actions performance.

    For me, redistributive justice is an oxymoron. Stealing from others and giving to others in unequal treatment. It’s unjust, and it’s unfair. You’re idea of justice is that of fairness, and it’s not even fair. In order to have a fair society, everyone must be treated fairly. Taking from some, and giving to others is the opposite of both justice and fairness.

    A situation that results in inequalities is not immoral, as long as the process which led to the results are moral. As long as everyone has been treated equally, then the results are irrelevant to morality.

    Besides, we shouldn’t live in a totalitarian state. Who ever said it’s the job of the state to tell us that the results of situations need to end in equality? That’s a moral claim, and unless you are a totalitarian, you don’t want the state forced moral claims such as redistribution of wealth, on a society.

    I am strongly for the VOLUNTARY redistribution of wealth. Anything else is immoral, and should not be the role of the state.

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