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Can Individualism Be Fair?

December 17, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

The ideal of “equality and justice for all” as promised in the Constitution, sounds noble, but it’s not necessarily in sync with the American drive for upward mobility, says Yale Law School Prof. Peter Schuck. “We value the opportunity to become wealthy more than we value equality,” said Prof. Schuck, speaking at the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Referring to greed in the mortgage industry and the nation’s subsequent economic meltdown, he said, “These challenges are so hard to resolve because they reflect our commitment to individual autonomy.”

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