Post and respond to the following topics on the course discussion board, and respond to other students' posts.
- During times of financial crisis, some governments choose to use debtor's prisons to punish and deter those who default on their debts. Is this a legitimate use of the government's power to punish those who break social contracts, according to Hobbes
and Rawls? Why, or why not?
- In the past, governments would deny fire department services to certain community members who had to purchase annual subscriptions from private fire departments as a form of fire insurance. Is this a legitimate form of social contract, or is
fire protection such an important public good that government should always provide these services? Why or why not?
- Rawls' second principle of justice discusses the concept of social mobility, the idea that we should be able to move to a higher social class if we work hard and attain higher education. What do you think Rawls would say about recent lawsuits involving
colleges and university policies on affirmative action?