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Overall Rawls The Law of the Peoples is a framework. It's an attempt to provide a basis for a well-reasoned Utopia. You'll find few concrete examples in this short book, but you will find a number of possible exercises that play out the idea of a utopia built on well-reason liberal ideals. I don't think this is the sort of book to read once and put away. It's the sort of book to read once, and then read again when you have time to question and put to task its various propositions. This is the first of Rawls books I've read, and after having read The Law of Peoples I now want to find A Theory of Justice.
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Law of the Peoples comes down to 8 rules, and the 8th is the real kicker: "Peoples have a duty to assist other peoples living under unfavorable conditions that prevent their having a just or decent political and social regime." There's no question the author has a thinly veiled agenda of redistribution throughout the book.
The real problem with the book, however, is Rawls's incessant use of "descent" and "reasonable" to describe the well-intentioned actors in his utopia. If everyone was descent and reasonable we'd get to Rawls's utopia. Aren't you are reasonable and descent person!?Yet Rawls never bothers to define what is a descent or reasonable person, and how to deal with the opposite.
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