In a free and open society, income inequality is not unjust

Matt Zwolinski over at offers an insightful case against income redistribution as a tool of social justice.

“Asking whether the distribution of wealth in a society is in accordance with social justice is like asking whether the color blue is heavy or whether a stone is moral. It simply doesn’t make sense.”

From the talk page:

Zwolinski argues, we are all distributors. When we make decisions, like which grocer to buy from, what to study in school, or where to live, we affect the distribution of resources. None of those decisions is inherently just or unjust. As Prof. Zwolinski says, “If there’s no [single] agent responsible for the distribution of wealth in society, then how can that distribution be just or unjust?”